Chinese New Year 2012 - Year of the Dragon
The date for the Chinese New Year in 2012 is January 23rd. (CNY 2012) Will and Guy have collected interesting facts around this important festival.
Unlike western calendars, the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years. Within the 'Stem-Branch' system is shorter cycle of 12 years denoted by animals:
2012 is the year of the Dragon. It is the rén-chén 壬辰 year (Water Dragon). Rén (Water) is the ninth of the ten celestial stems and chén (Dragon) is the fifth of the twelve terrestrial branches and marks the year of the Dragon.
Calculating 'When is the Chinese New Year in 2012'
The fact that the date of Chinese New Year varies within about a month is a clue that it's linked to the new moon. A rough, and almost infallible guide is that the Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. The winter solstice always falls on December 22nd, the next new moon is on December 24th, and the second new moon is on January 23rd 2012.
Will and Guy admit that the precise rules for determining 'When is the Chinese New Year', are far more complex. For example, one problem with any lunar calendar system is that in some years there are 13 new moons. The Chinese deal with this by slotting in an extra intercalary month.
The Chinese New Year Calendar - With Its Associated 12 Animals
The lunar Chinese New Year (CNY) calendar below shows which of 12 animals you are! Naturally the animal depends on the year in which you were born. Note: if you were born in January or February you need to check if your birthday was before or after the date of that Chinese New Year. (If it was before this day your animal is the one shown for the previous year).
60 Year Cycle of the Chinese New Year Calendar
Unlike western calendars, the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years. Within the 'Stem-Branch' system is shorter 'Celestial' cycle of 12 years denoted by animals. Furthermore, the Chinese believe that people born in a particular year take on the characteristics of the animal associated with that year.
Another dimension of the Chinese zodiac is the 5 'Terrestrial' elements of metal, water, wood, fire and earth.
If the year ends in 0 it is Yang Metal.
Start date for the Chinese New Year Calendar 2013 and following years
The lunar Chinese New Years dates are:
新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilà Happy New Year
过年好 Guò nián hăo Happy New Year
恭喜发财 Gōngxĭ fācái I wish You Great Prosperity
龙年吉祥 Lóng nián jíxiáng Good Luck in the Year of the Dragon
'When is the Chinese Valentine's Day in 2012?', is sure to be a mean question in pub quizzes. So prepared, know the date, and remember the rule, 7th day of the 7th month of the Chinese calendar.
The stamp [shown here] went on sale recently , drawing the heavy crowds that normally flock to buy the annual Lunar New Year stamps. However, we have learned from friends that the dragon's attacking pose on this year's stamp has led some people to call it too ferocious and rather fearsome.
Zhang Yihe, a renowned Chinese writer, wrote on her Sina Weibo microblog that she was 'scared to death' when she first saw the red and yellow creature with scales and claws.
Another writer, Tan Xudong, called it an 'incomparably ugly dragon-year stamp.'
Its designer, Chen Shaohua,reported that he had received criticism, abuse and support for the stamp, brought out ahead of the Chinese New Year, which is on the 23rd January 2012. Chen has defended his design, saying that the dragon should be interpreted as a symbol of China's rising confidence.
"As a large country which has major influence in the world, China is ushering in the restoration of national confidence," he has written.
According to The Global Times newspaper, Chen said that his design derives from the pattern on "dragon robes" worn by Chinese emperors - whose symbol was the dragon - in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and a screen featuring dragons in a Beijing park that was a pleasure ground for the emperor.
Mythical legend claims that Chinese people are descended from the dragon, and many believe it's an auspicious symbol and stamp sellers are said to be profiting from the sale of Dragon stamps.
However, sellers at a philatelic market in Beijing were reporting bumper pre-sale orders, with eager collectors paying up to $30 for a commemorative pack of the 12 penny stamps which go on sale very soon.
An artist in Taiwan announced his latest creation of what appears to Will and Guy to be the smallest dragon sculpture in the world to welcome the year of the dragon in 2012.
The sculpture in only half an inch in length and has been displayed on top of coin to emphasise its tiny size. A magnifying glass attached to the sculpture's glass case helps visitors to see the miniature.
56-year-old miniature artist Chen Forng-shean from Taiwan said that it took him three months to make the dragon.
He added, 'the hardest part about making this dragon is the sculpting for the limbs and the claws, these are the most delicate parts, and also its open jaw and the whiskers, those whiskers are very thin. After the dragon was completed, I have to pay attention to its body so it looks like the dragon is above the clouds, that's the dragon's spirit'.
The Significance of the Chinese Dragon
Chinese around the world, proudly proclaim themselves "Lung Tik Chuan Ren" which may be translated as Descendents of the Dragon. Unlike the negative energies associated with Western Dragons, most Eastern Dragons are beautiful, friendly, and wise. They are the angels of the Orient. Instead of being hated, they are loved and worshipped.
Chinese dragons have a horse's head and a snake's body. Often they have four jaws. Chinese dragons are divided into Heavenly Dragons, Earthly Dragons and Dragons in water. The most well-known dragons are the Four Sea Dragon Kings governing the east, south, west, north side of the sea. These Four Sea Dragon Kings are in charge of creating clouds and rains for human world. Chinese people do not call a water faucet a tap, but a "Water Dragon Head".
The dragon is regarded as the symbol of the Chinese nation and can be seen everywhere in its culture: including literature, architecture, art, furniture and even clothing.
Dragons are an important part of many Chinese festivals, including Chinese New Year. In ancient China, dragons did not breathe fire. Dragons were wise and caring. They guarded the wind, the rain, the rivers, precious metals and gems.
Many countries use dragons in their art, especially China, Korea and Japan. It's easy to tell the difference between Chinese, Korean and Japanese dragons. Just count the dragon's toes. Of course, you have to get really close. Sometimes it looks as if they have 3 toes, when they really have 5, because some are hidden from sight. But, for a quick rule of toe:
Funny Legend of the Dragon
The farther dragons travel from their home in China, the more toes they lose. Fortunately, Will and Guy have discovered, when wandering dragons return home to China, all their missing toes grow back. Since most dragons would prefer to keep all their toes, all the time, few dragons ever wander very far from home.
Chinese Character for the Dragon
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Chinese New Year Jokes, Proverbs and Stories
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It was Chinese New Year. Bill and Jackson had just staggered back home from a hard night's drinking when they noticed that a menu from the new restaurant next door had come through the letter box. On a whim they decided to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a take-away. Jackson, was just off out of the door to fetch their meal when Bill turned to him and said, 'Please get me 20 number 6 while you're at the take-away.
Jackson returned with their chicken Chou Mein, sweet and sour pork and 20 portions of egg fried rice. Bill said, 'Where's me fags'. Jackson said, 'What cigarettes, you asked for 20 number 6 and that's what you've got, enough egg fried rice to feed a Chinese Junk from Shanghai to Hong Kong'.
Bill said, 'When I was last in England Embassy No 6 was a packet of fags.'
It's a Dog's Life
Meanwhile, Bill and Jackson's wives decided to dine out a new Chinese Restaurant. Jackson's wife Julie was inseparable from her Pekingese dog called 'Pepe'. So they took Pepe along with them to the restaurant. Whenever they went to their usual restaurant the manager's wife looked after Pepe while they ate, and they thought it would be no different this new restaurant.
Julie and her friend Rachel, gave Pepe to the owner and went to their seats. They ordered their meal, had a few drinks and eventually their meal arrived. They were mortified when it turned out to be their beloved Pepe surrounded by Chop Suey.
As the owner explained the next day to Bill and Jackson, they thought that Julie and Rachel wanted the chef to cook the dog, not look after it while the women dined.
Traditional Chinese Sense of Humour
Prime Minister Chang was happy enough to write, but he didn't put in a lot of care into his brush strokes. Everybody sneered at his bad handwriting, and the Prime Minister himself really didn't care.
One day Chang thought of a beautiful sentence and at once wielded his writing brush to write it down, indeed, there were dragons flying and snakes dancing all over the paper. Then he ordered his secretary to write it out neatly.
When beginning to copy, his secretary stared tongue-tied and did not know where to start. The young man had to take the manuscript back to the Prime Minister.
'Prime Minister Chang, I can't read your handwriting, please tell me what words they are.'
The Prime Minister read his cursive hand a long time, and did not know what Chinese characters they were, either. He then turned to blame his secretary. 'Why didn't you come earlier to ask me? I myself have forgotten the words which I've written.'
The world's highest Ferris wheel is set to open for business on top of a 1,480ft tower in Guangzhou, capital of the southwestern Chinese province of Guangdong. Passengers can ride in observation pods.
Built on the 450-meter-high Canton Tower, the amazing wheel consists of 16 pods holding a total of 96 fearless passengers. Each capsule is just over three meters wide, and built using a special macromolecule material which allows a 360-degree crystal clear view.
Unlike traditional American Ferris wheels, this Chinese tower in Guangdong has a 15-degree incline and can resist 8-magnitude earthquakes and Beaufort scale 12 typhoons.
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is held each January. A worker shapes a swan sculpture prior to last year's International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province.
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