Saturday, February 17, 2007
Happy Chinese New Year!
Sunday the 18th of February, 2007 is the first day of the Chinese new year.
By the Chinese Calendar 2007 is the Year of the Pig. Each year is designated by one of the 12 Animals. Old people often lose track of their age, because they are rarely asked about their present age. Every one just have to remember that he or she was born in the "Year of the Dog" or whatever. Since this is the Year of the Pig, any one who was born in the Year of the Pig is now either 0 or 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84 or 96 years old.
Chinese calendar has been in continuous use for centuries, which predates the International Calendar we use at the present day which goes back only some 425 years. The calendar measures time, from short durations of minutes and hours, to intervals of time measured in months, years and centuries, entirely based on the astronomical observations of the movement of the Sun, Moon and stars.
Dragon occupies a very important position in Chinese mythology. It shows up in arts, literature, poetry, architecture, songs, and many aspects of the Chinese conscience. The origin of Chinese dragons is unknown, but certainly pre-dates the written history.
So to all my Chinese friends who are spread around the world, I find your culture fascinating, and love the fact that I can celebrated this event with you, Happy New Year to you all!