Happy New Year to all my dear Chinese friends and colleagues. Jan 23rd marks the Chinese New Year, which is in contrast to our New Year which falls on January 1st. As I become more involved in global collaboration and in global projects, I become more aware of global festivals and holidays that other countries/cultures celebrate.
The Chinese New Year is now of special interest to our school as the second language taught is mandarin Chinese. We also fall neatly into the time zone and school times of Asia and this allows synchronous connections and communication.
Each year a different animal is represented. There are 12 animals in total. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. In my society, dragons are something to be feared. They breathe out fire in our mythology. This is in contrast to the Chinese who see dragons as creatures of good luck and fortune. Therefore it is good luck to have babies born this year.
When reading our daily newspaper, on the weekend, I was surprised to read that I had actually been born in the Year of the Dragon, many yearly cycles ago. Even more special for 2012 is that it is the year of the water dragon, an event that does not occur so regularly and again my birthday was the last year of the dragon. Two grandchildren will be born this year. I wonder what that means for us?
Again, happy New Year to all of you who celebrate the Chinese New Year.
In Australia, the Chinese New Year is celebrated in cities throughout Australia. Do you celebrate Chinese New Year where you live? If so, what does it look like?