Happy Chinese New Year! 2024 is the Year of Dragon, the fifth of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Lunar New Year 2024 begins on 10. February and will last for 15 days until 25. February which is the day of the lantern festival.
Being a fictional animal in the Chinese zodiac, dragon symbolizes power, resilience, and changes. Chinese people respect and fear it. Dragon’s status is so high that no other zodiac animal can compare with it. In the deep psyche of the Chinese people, dragon is a celestial animal that can move wind and cause rain, a divine creature that soars into the clouds and rides on the mist. In the long Chinese tradition, an emperor always claimed to be the true symbol of dragon, while the people themselves were the descendants of the dragon.
There are endless descriptions and legends about dragons in China. Dragon is magical and great, integrating the images of various animals into one body, with the wildness of beasts, the understanding of humans, and the spirituality of gods. The respect and love for dragons have been sublimated into a kind of worship in China.
Hope the year of Dragon will bring today’s human world more positive energy and peace!