The Chinese New Year begins today. It’s a time for dusting away the cobwebs of the old year, buying new clothes, paying your debts (and collecting what’s owed!) and for new beginnings. Sounds much like the Indian New Year.
2012 is the year of the Dragon – The Black Water Dragon to be precise. The dragon is a symbol of power, strength and good luck. It represents good negotiations and as water calms the Black Water Dragon’s fire, it becomes more perceptive of others’ needs. It is more likely to be diplomatic, act wisely and intelligently and make some smart decisions. I like this dragon already.
Oriental traditions are some of my favourite. When I lived in Japan, I loved learning about all the different rituals and especially the foods eaten at specific festivals. The Chinese have many, many foods served specifically at New Year – each with their own representations.
- Rice dumplings and oysters mean good fortune
- Clams are for profit and good business omens
- Shrimps and cabbage for wealth and abundance
- Cakes represent peace and harmony
- Candied melon symbolises wealth, virtue, growth and good health
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”.
Happy Chinese New Year!