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The Lunar New Year is an annual celebration that falls on any new moon occurring in the sign of Aquarius. The Lunar New Year is celebrated with the last New Moon in the lunar calendar, in a festival that typically lasts from the New Moon to the Full Moon. In 2024, the Lunar New Year takes place on February 10th with celebrations lasting for two weeks after.

Approximately 10 days before the beginning of the new lunar year, houses are thoroughly cleaned to remove any bad luck that might be lingering inside, a custom called “sweeping of the grounds.” Traditionally, New Year’s eve and New Year’s day are reserved for family celebrations, including religious ceremonies honoring ancestors. Also on New Year’s day, family members receive red envelopes (lai see) containing small amounts of money. Dances and fireworks are prevalent throughout the holidays, culminating in the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated on the last day of the New Year’s celebrations. On this night colorful lanterns light up the houses, and traditional foods such as yuanxiao (sticky rice balls that symbolize family unity), fagao (prosperity cake), and yusheng (raw fish and vegetable salad) are served. Eating, and giving fruit are among the customs that many practice for the Lunar New Year.

The Year of the Wood Dragon is believed to be able to foster growth, progress and abundance, this year will be good to build a solid foundation for something new with long-term potential. The dragon is related to success, intelligence and honor in Chinese culture. Wood represents vitality and creativity. This combination makes people born in the Year of the Wood Dragon full of energy and drive. They dream of changing the world and are good at coming up with innovative ideas and implementing them. They are perfectionists and will not give up on their goals easily. They are ambitious, energetic, and charismatic, often inspiring others with their passion and enthusiasm. They are considered to be natural leaders, confident and unafraid to take risks, making them magnetic personalities in social and professional circles.

2024 will be the 4722nd year of the Chinese calendar.

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Your General Orders remain the same: "First,do no harm."
Second, “Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself.”
Third, "Live and let live."

This is the message for the Year of the Dragon

"Make the world a better place for having passed this way..." Edward Bok

Remember, the mood of the warrior is waiting, for an opportunity to appear..."

Live Long and Prosper
Happy Chinese New Year of the Dragon!

I remain,
Ashida Kim