Photo courtesy of ceramic artist, Tammy Leigh Brooks. http://www.tammyleighbrooks.com/
This coming Saturday, January 28, 2017, heralds in the Chinese New Year. Chinese astrology has twelve signs just like western astrology does. Each sign also has five elements of metal, wood, fire, water, and earth. It takes 60 years to cycle through all of them. The last time there was a Fire Rooster year was in 1957. Celebrations begin in New Year’s Eve or on January 27 and continue through February 2, 2017. Nothing like a week long party is there? Sadly, I am not longer young enough to want to party all night, let alone all week.
Like many other nationalities, the Chinese celebrate with light and sound. Firecrackers, fireworks, bells, drums and the traditional lion dances are all part of the celebration. Children, unmarried teens, and adults are given red envelopes with money inside. Red is considered the luckiest…
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