Gong hay fat choy! Happy New Year.
The Year of the Rat begins February 6, 2008
February 7th starts the Year of the Rat. As the first symbol of a new lunar cycle the Rat brings luck and prosperity. People are serious about it, too - in Russia, with it's large Chinese population, pet shops report a shortage of domestic rats as buyers snap them up for new years gifts.
The year of the rat brings change. As the Chinese say: "The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time" and that might be the best way to tackle 2008. The Year of the Rat is coming and it's a flighty animal. Cautious optimism is the keyword for this rat year.
People born in the year of the Rat tend to be open, generous and relaxed, they have happy, lively personalities and are outgoing and fun. Good at relationships; they have large families.
Rat people can make good leaders, pioneers and politicians. They are good to know in times of conflict, since they are able to keep their head when things get rough.
FAMOUS RATS (1912, 1924, 1936,1948,1960,1972,1984,1096,2008, 2020,2032
Richard Nixon, William Shakespeare, Marlon Brando, Bono, Clark Gable, Eminem, Al Gore, T.S. Eliot, Mozart, Claude Monet.
ABOUT THE LUNAR NEW YEAR
New Year is one of the most important holidays in China. It lasts 2 weeks; friends and relatives are visited, parades and festivities abound, houses are decorated, special foods are eaten and there are things to avoid.
To bring wealth, happiness and fortune: eat dumplings, melon seeds and candy. Decorate your house with peach blossoms for luck, kumquat plants for prosperity, chrysanthemum for longevity. Open windows and doors to bring in the good luck of the new year and put up red good luck symbols. Don't sweep the house though, or you'll sweep out the luck you've carefully accumulated.
PARADES AND CELEBRATIONS
Here are some New Year events in New York City.
Lunar New Year Flower Market
Friday, February 2 from 12-10 p.m.
Saturday, February 3 from 12-5 p.m.
Sunday, February 4 from 2-8 p.m.
Columbus Park (Mulberry Street, bet Bayard & Worth)
Thursday, February 7, 2008, 11:00 a.m.
Chatham Square (Bowery, Mott & E. Bdwy)
Lunar New Year Parade
Sunday, February 10, 2008, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m
Major streets of Chinatown (Mott, Canal, Bowery, E. Bdwy, Chatham Sq. Grand)
Thanks to the following sites for their information