Chinese New Year of the Dragon, 4710, starts January 23rd, 2012, and is the first of 15 days of celebration.
This Chinese New Year ushers in the Water Dragon. Water exerts a calming influence on the Dragon’s innate fire. Water Dragons are more open to other people’s opinions than other Dragons which gives them the ability to channel their personal charisma into real leadership qualities.
Famous celebrities born in under the Dragon include John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Al Pacino, Marlene Dietrich and Matt Dillon. The Dragon’s lucky color is yellow.
The Year of the Dragon will be marked by excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity. People respond to the spirit of the Dragon with energy, vitality and unbridled enthusiasm, often throwing all caution to the wind
Chinese New Year is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate any negative chi from the past.
Dragon years are lucky for anyone thinking of starting a business or initiating a new project of any sort because money is easier to come by for everyone, whether it’s earned, borrowed or received as a gift. Fortunes can be made but they can also be lost: Keep in mind like all good things, the Year of the Dragon will come to an end and you will be held accountable for unreasonable extravagances.
You can celebrate the Chinese New Year in International House Philadelphia and the Penn Museum, both are offering grand events, complete with Kung Fu demonstrations, authentic Chinese dance performances, traditional lion dances and more.
Chinese New Year will be greeted with dinner specials at many area restaurants.In Philadelphia’s Chinatown the following events are free:
Chinatown Flower Market. A large-scale flower market is held in Hong Kong every year. Philadelphia will hold its own flower market at the 10th Street Plaza and at Vine Street.
Main Line Chinese Culture Center New Year Community Gala. Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Great Valley High School, 225 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern. Performances of song and dance by students from the center’s year-round school start at 1 p.m., followed at 3 p.m. by traditional Chinese games and crafts, such as calligraphy; a chopsticks contest; displays of Chinese inventions such as paper, silk, and porcelain; and programs on the history of tea and China today. Chinese dumplings and other foods will be available.
Midnight Lion Dance Parade. 11:15 p.m. Sunday, outdoors on 10th Street at Vinе in Philadelphia’s Chinatown.
Sunday Lion Dance Parade. Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the same location in Chinatown.
But where better to fete the occasion than Philadelphia’s Chinatown itself?
The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation is offering three days of Chinese New Year festivities, taking place in Chinatown (centered around 10th and Arch Streets).
Lion Dances will be performed February 2nd at 11 p.m. to officially ring in the New Year, February 6th at noon (at which you can take a picture with the Money God and receive a red packet for good luck), as well as February 13th at noon for the concluding New Year Parade.