Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year

Every year I get a favorite email from my friend T. She brings Chinese New Year to life. In fact, she is off this week celebrating. I will miss our Chinese New Year celebration this year in Connecticut with Shaelee's buddies. But this year, when we would normally be in NYC, Emily and I will actually be in China, with our friends Mary and Brady, meeting their new baby girl, Ivy. So here is to the year of the Dragon, may it be a good year, and a blessed year....and may Ivy, Jenny and another Shea come home very soon!
Thanks T!

Hi everyone -
Chinese New Year will take place on Monday January 23rd, 2012 and as you
know or may not know this is a big holiday for my family and myself - every
year we converge home to celebrate this occasion. So for your
entertainment, here is the Year of the Dragon in review:

Drama characterized the Dragon year, both in the lavish events and
unpredictability. This year is marked at its beginning and end by
significant international developments.
The bizarre and the unexpected are associated with this sign. The
performing arts, fashion and cultural events come under favorable auspices
- the more original, the better.
Magnificent projects and outlandish schemes are the order of the day.
Financially the feel good factor sweeps us along on a wave of elation;
risks are taken, fortunes are
made and lost. Starting a business or initiating a major project in this
year will all bring success.

Some world changing inventions and "firsts" are linked to dragon years: the
thermos bottle, scheduled television service, electron microscope, civil
rights movements,
mechanical heart, genetically altered mouse.

As traditions go, you want to start the New Year on the right foot so pay
up all the bills, clean and put your house in order, ensure your car is
fueled, and your pantry is filled -
you don't want to start the New Year with 'needs'. It is also important
to buy a brand new container of salt because salt is considered as the most
important and basic element spice and
therefore represents prosperity. Also, the first 10 days of the New Year
sets the tone for the rest of the year so go ahead and fill your calendar
with fun events with friends and family!

Each year dictates the lucky directions and the lucky hours for all of us
to perform and to gain Prosperity & Happiness.
Prosperity - true South
Happiness and Relationship: true East
Midnight - 1 AM
2 AM - 3 AM
6 AM - 8 AM

Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family!

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