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On Saturday, Tim and I took Lizzy to the Mitchell Park Domes. Not only were we picking up our order of elk meat from the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market, we were there for the Chinese New Year Celebration. I wish we could have stayed for the entire presentation, but the others there were very rude and kept standing in front of us.

Anyways. I did get a few pictures, and I would like to share what I have learned. I know there is a lot more information out there, but I did not want to go on and on. ๐Ÿ™‚

This year is the Year of Sheep. It is all about valuing intimacy, family, and close friendships. It is also the year of creativity and expressing our creative side.

The Chiese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. In pre-modern times this signaled farmers in China to begin preparations for planting their fields.

Decorations for the festival include red lanterns, cherry blossoms, and orange-trees. The color red is used a lot. I wish I had thought to take a picture of the beautiful lanterns at The Domes.

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This is one of the drums played at the Festival.

The most important part of the Chinese New Year is the reunion dinner that is held on the New Year’s Eve. This year the New Year starts on February 19th. Family members will gather together at the parents or the eldest brothers’ home. A multi-course meal including dishes with chicken, pork and fish are served.

The Festivsl lasts 15 days and ends with Chap Goh Mei which is celebrated much like the reunion dinner. During Chap Goh Mei prayers are offered to the God of Prosperity to bless their families with good fortune during the upcoming year.

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Sorry this first  dragon picture is a lil blurry!

Dragons are considered legendary animals that are helpful and friendly. Dragons scare away evil spirits, bring wisdom, good luck, wealth and prosperity. They possess great power, dignity, fertility, and wisdom. The longer the dragon is, the luckier you are if it touches you. Each dance pattern carries meaning. Some of the names of the dances are Threading Money, Looking for Pearl, and Whirlpool.

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The colors of the Dragon symbolize the following:
Green: Spring season and good harvest
Red: Summer and excitement
White: Autumn
Yellow: The Sole Empire
Gold or Silver: Prosperity
All colors symbolize the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metals. water

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I hope you enjoyed learning a little about the Chinese New Year!

Thank you for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

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