Gong Hey Fat Choy. The Lunar New Year is here and the festivities for Chinese New Year are in full swing. It’s the Year of the Dragon. Dragon, a mythical combination of many animals, is one of the most popular symbol for Chinese New Year. It is also a symbol of goodness and good luck.
I love dragons and what it symbolizes even though I was not born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon! As a child, celebrating Chinese New Year with family was the happiest occasion and tradition.
It is a very cheery month…the time for people taking a break from work to get together with family and friends and also for people who are not longer living home to return back to their home. There were many things my mother did in Chinese New Year’s day, but, she’s never felt tired because it’s the most happy and jubilant day even for the adults or children.
There are many things about Chinese New Year and aspects of Chinese culture thoroughly excites me…the art, the food, and, of course, iconic plants such as miniature orange tree and kumquats. I just spent over 50 hours watching The Great Queen Seon Deok–first time from a Korean historian perspective.
Early Chinese history fascinates me. Although my ancestors couldn’t tell anyone exactly what an earthquake measured on the Richter scale (since the Richter scale wasn’t created until 1935,) they did invent the world’s first earthquake detector–a seismograph. Not only did imperial astronomer Chang Heng create a seismograph during the Han Dynasty (my all-time favorite of all the dynasties) in the early second century, he created a magnificently beautiful one. Ooooh, did I say how much I love Ancient Chinese history?!
Back to knitting front, there are many dragon scale patterned accessories out there in the blog-o-sphere. I especially love dragonflies…JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis too. I love that they were friends and Lewis wrote the Narnia Chronicles in response to Tolkien’s trilogy. I digress. This is the year where I will play, design, and make dragons. I really need too.
Instead of having a feast at home, we went to support hundreds of wonderful budding instrumentalists at the 2012 COMEA Honor Band Concert…just another amazing, stellar performance!
We need magic, and bliss, and power, myth, and celebration and religion in our lives
and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it.~~Jerry Garcia
Do you celebrate Chinese New Year or other family tradition? What do you do?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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