Happy Chinese New Year Everyone! Today is officially the first day of the Chinese New Year 2012, the Year of the Dragon. ROAR!
Chinese New Year is not all about receiving hóngbāo (Red Envelopes filled with money)… although I do enjoy that aspect very much. =) For those who aren’t familiar, Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year or Spring Festival) is a multi-cultural celebration embracing the first day of the New Year according to the Lunar calendar. A time to reflect and celebrate, as people wish each other prosperity, good health, and happiness in the New Year. This tradition is a huge family festivity (think of a family reunion, once a year), and this is why I love it so much. In fact, in China, during this week, factories are CLOSED and electricity usage is expected to fall by 40%.
Even Warren Buffet celebrates the Chinese New Year as he played the ukulele on CCTV (China Central Television) a few hours ago!
The 2012 Lunar New Year has an even greater importance this year with it being the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is the most unique sign in the Chinese Zodiac as it is the only year that is represented with a fictitious animal as opposed to real animals such as last year’s Rabbit. A symbol of royalty, the dragon is believed to bring wealth, wisdom, and power.
How does this affect babies? Well, hospitals across Asia are bracing for a Baby Boom in the Year of the Dragon. Beds in Chinese Capital’s Maternity Hospitals are booked through August and even nannies have spiked their rates! Whoa! Should we call 2012, the Year of the Babies?!
This reminds me of the time Jackson first met Riley last year. Sorry Riley, one more year later and you could’ve been a Dragon Baby!