Year of the Dragon

Chinese Lunar New Year
In 2012, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on January 23. The celebration actually starts on January 22 (Chinese New Year’ Eve) and ends on February 6 with the Lantern Festival. 2012 marks the 4,710th Chinese New Year, and this time it is the year of dragon.

The 5th sign of the Chinese zodiac is regarded as an auspicious symbol which stands for power, good luck, success, and happiness. There are more babies born under this sign than any other.

Legend has it that in ancient times there was a monster named Nian who used to harass villagers by eating their crops and animals and taking away their children. (A good reason for kids to behave.)

The villagers found that the monster was afraid of the color red, firelight and loud noises, so every household in the village adorned it’s doors and windows with red paper cutouts, set off firecrackers and lit candles. Nian was so frightened by the display, he ran away and never again came back to the village. The Chinese have been celebrating ever since.

Of course, not all of us can be born at the same time, under the most favorite sign. There are 11 other Chinese zodiac signs. All the Laundelles, with the exception of Chris, were born under the sign of the Pig. Not just any pig, but the Fire Pig! That’s right, fire pigs born under the water sign of Aquarius. How special is that?

According to astrologists, those of us born under the pig sign are active, outgoing and extroverted. Fire Pigs come through in everything they do. They’re gutsy risk-takers and once they put their minds to something, it’s all or nothing. That applies to work, romance and goals. Fire Pigs make excellent leaders and bosses.

Well there you go.

Enjoy Fire by the Pointer Sisters:

Previously show on Laundelles – Bruce Springsteen perorming Fire: