Year of the Dragon

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Chinese Philosophy

On these pages you will find articles and research on the healing effects of tai chi, chi kung (qigong), Taoist Meditation, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Doctors and medical researchers continue to investigate the effects of these arts on conditions including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, pain, and stress management. This page presents a selection of health articles along with others on Chinese philosophy and culture.

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Gong hay fat choy! Happy New Year.

The Year of the Dragon begins January 23rd, 2012

The Dragon brings good fortune, unpredictability and excitement. A mystical creature that lives in the sky, the Dragon represents of the yang energy of the universe and is the epitome of strength, creativity and prosperity. In ancient times it stood for the divine power of the emperor and his supernatural abilities, today it is the ultimate symbol of luck.

Action, energy and vitality are the keywords now. The Dragon year will be good for beginning new business, initiating projects. getting married and having children. Money will be easier to come by; the economy could improve. There will be more energy too, but remember to look before you leap. The Dragon is all about drama and if you are not careful, the tumult could be your own.

People born in Dragon years are innovative, enterprising, brave, passionate, conceited and quick-tempered. Free spirits who live unpredictable lives, they are extroverted, irrepressible and lucky. They are flamboyant, colorful, creative, confident in the face of adversity and make excellent artists, inventors, philosophers, engineers, psychoanalysts, politicians, actors and musicians. Those born in Water years are particularly good leaders, since the liquid that calms their fire makes them open to other opinions and enables them to channel their personal charisma into command.

Dragon people are generally healthy, but since they like to burn the candle at both ends, they can drain their energy, have emotional outbursts and suffer from occasional ill health. These problems can be remedied by initiating a calming routine in their daily lives, such as tai chi, chi kung or meditation, practices that soothe mind and spirit while rejuvenating the body.

Famous Dragons: Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale, Susan B. Anthony, Sigmund Freud, Kirk Douglas, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Jan Lang and Gregory Peck


Firecracker Ceremony:

Monday, January 23, 2012 11 a.m. Roosevelt Park (between Grand & Hester Streets)
The firecrackers will ward off evil spirits. Lion, dragon and unicorn dancers will march through Chinatown.

13th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival:
Sunday, January 29, 2012, 11:30 a.m.
Canal Street South at Mott Street .
Elaborate floats, marching bands, lion dances, musicians, magicians and acrobats. Over 5,000 people march.

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade
February 4, 2012, 11 a.m.
Flushing, Queens: Union St and 39th Ave
Dragon dancers, steel drummers, fireworks

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