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Year Of The Dragon: Welcome 2012

2012 Year of the Dragon

The Chinese New Year is the most celebrated event in Chinese culture. This Year, Chinese New Year starts on January 23rd and lasts 15 days. The festivities end on the 15th day with the Lantern Festival, a celebration of light.

The Chinese calendar is lunar based, so this holiday is often called the Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year’s Eve is known as chú xī (除夕). It literally means “Year-pass Eve,” and is also a festive time just like the New Years Eve we have in the States. 2012 is the year of the dragon according to the Chinese Zodiac.

Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore. In contrast to the ‘evil’ European dragons, Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. With this, the Emperor of China usually uses the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power.

Means Dragon.

Red is also very important to the Chinese New Year because of it’s legendary ability to fight off evil. If you’re throwing a Chinese New Year party, use lots of red decorations. Yellow and gold decorations are also used for this celebration because it symbolizes luck and prosperity. A beautiful and easy way to decorate for Chinese New Year is with flowers! Order a variety of unique flowers in bright red and yellow with gold ribbon.

For more party ideas, check out last year’s article filled with great ideas for your Chinese New Years Celebration!

"Cascading Splendor" Fall Flowers

Cascading Splendor, the arrangement above, is our favorite flower arrangement for Chinese New Years, but your local florist will have tons of great ideas for any size occasion.

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