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Chinese dragons

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

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