Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dragon

Posted on: January 18th, 2012 at 6:18 am by

The Chinese lunar new year is nigh, with the Rabbit giving way to the Dragon come January 23.

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The fifth sign in the Chinese zodiac, Dragons signify strength, dominance, and ambition.  Those born during such years are believed to take on these traits.

Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion.

As is the case every year, festivities abound in Chinatown to mark the occasion. According to Explore Chinatown, the ear-shattering Firecracker Ceremony is scheduled for January 23 in Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Grand Street. We suggest bringing ear-plugs if you would like to avoid tinnitus. The thirteenth annual neighborhood-straddling parade is the following Sunday, January 29.

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