19, 2005 - YEAR OF THE ROOSTER. CHINESE NEW
YEAR PARADE. This is Lunar Year
The Year of the Rooster signals
happiness, color, and drama, but this has to be balanced with good old fashioned
common sense. Conflicts may arise but will go away if we put ourselves in each
other's shoes. Otherwise, the year could end up becoming a wild goose
chase, which may not go over very well in the barnyard.
In many Asian cultures, red envelopes are packets containing money given as
gifts during the Lunar New Year and other festive occasions.
They are believed to bring good luck, health, and prosperity to those who give
them and those who receive them. These images are scans of the originals we
received at the parade.
There was a musical instrument an old Chinese man had in China Town that is called an Erhu. It
is violin-like and makes beautiful music that you can sample here:
P.S. I have DVD's of the video footage I shot at the
parade. Let me know if you want a copy.
The Chinese Lunar New Year
is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2600BC, when
the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. Like the
Western calendar, The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a yearly one, with the
start of the lunar year being based on the cycles of the moon.
Therefore, because of this cyclical dating, the beginning of the year
can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. This
year it fell on February 9th. A complete cycle takes 60 years and is
made up of five cycles of 12 years each.
The Chinese Lunar Calendar names each of the twelve years after an
animal. Legend has it that the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to
come to him before he departed from earth. Only twelve came to bid him
farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order
they arrived. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a
person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying: "This is
the animal that hides in your heart."
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