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  • CHINESE DRAGONS
  • Chinese New Year
    • February 7 th , 2007
    • Year of the Rat
    • Based on the Lunar Calendar
    • Year 4706 for Chinese Calendar
  • Importance of Chinese New Year
    • One of the most important holidays, very festive.
    • Celebrations last for 15 days
    • Most decorations are red because this symbolizes prosperity and good luck
    • Lots of cherry blossom decorations (luck) and sunflower decorations (good new year)
  • Chinese New Year Festivities
    • One of the biggest parade spectacles is the “Dragon Dance” where a large paper dragon puppet “dances” with the help of lots of adult puppeteers.
  • Why Dragons?
    • Dragons are very symbolic in Chinese culture. They symbolize:
      • Good luck
      • Power
      • Dignity
      • Wisdom
      • Imperial authority
      • kindness
    Basically, all of the good kinds of things that you would want in a new year!
  • Makings of a Chinese Dragon
    • Chinese Dragons look very different from Western dragons
  • Chinese Dragons
    • 4 claws (ordinary dragons have 4 toes, and imperial dragons have 5 toes)
    • They are not evil, but kind and powerful
    • Associated with water, rain, lakes, seas, oceans, and rivers
    • 71 scales (81 positive yang, and 36 negative yin)
    • They can fly, but do not have wings
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