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Gong Ci Fa Cai!

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

....Or, in translation, "wishing your joy and prosperity!" Why? Because, it's Chinese New Year. Not just any year, but it's the year of the Water Dragon.

Much like the mythical creature itself, the year of Dragon has a larger than life reputation, which is why millions of parents bend over backwards to have a baby within the year (a 5 percent bump in the Chinese population is expected).  Who are these Dragons, anyway? They say:
Free spirits of the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Dragon are extroverts who have a deep love for nature and are innovative, passionate, enterprising, brave, self-assured, colorful, and flamboyant. Gifted and irrepressible, they are fearless of any challenges that may come their way, able to see clear the paths and take a radical approach to any harsh conditions.
We can't all be born Dragons, but the message of the year is still pretty clear. It's time to get out of your shell! If there is something you've been meaning to do, this could be watershed moment (pun, so intended!)

Celebrate the new year! According to my mom, eat fishball soup, get fish, and offer eight kinds of fruit. Don't forget to wear red!

Get to know all the Chinese zodiac signs. Check out Ai Wei Wei's Zodiac Heads at LACMA until February 12. It's free because they're just at the pavilion.


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