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Welcome to The Year of The Dragon, 1/23/12!

It’s time to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Here’s a brief description of the holiday!

Happy Lunar New Year to those of you celebrating!

The Lunar, or Chinese, New Year falls on Monday, January 23rd this year. It’s a time for families to get together and celebrate the joys and the blessings that they have shared. This year, it’s the Year of the Dragon, and all babies born will have the Dragon as their horoscope–considered a sign of good fortune in the future!

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The Chinese New Year, traditionally, is celebrated for fifteen days. In China, school is off for a winter break, and families take off from work to travel to the homes of the grandparents. All around, the air is festive, with paper lanterns, orange trees, and the color red.

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The children recieve red envelopes from their relatives, and are showered with traditional treats. Plus, there’s the New Years banquet to look forwards to!

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To end, here’s the traditional Chinese blessing spoken during New Years, Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Good luck, good wealth!)

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