Celebrating Chinese New Year

Posted January 23, 2012 by Amanda | One Comment

Today, January 23 is Chinese New Year! One of the most important traditional Chinese holidays, Chinese New Year marks the start of the Lunar New Year. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, which symbolizes power, strength and good luck. In addition to Mainland China and Hong Kong, Chinese New Year is celebrated in many countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Mayasia, and Chinatowns throughout the world.

The holiday is steeped in tradition, food and family, and serves as a family reunion of sorts as everyone gathers together to celebrate the occasion. Large family feasts are comprised of dishes of meats, fish and vegetables to represent good fortune in the coming new year. An abundance of citrus fruits, such as oranges, are also important symbols of luck and fortune.

Decorations of red paper lanterns and parades with dancing dragons help usher in the new year. Perhaps one of the most well-known traditions of Chinese New Year is the giving of red envelopes. Usually gifted to children by adults, these red envelopes almost always contain money for good luck and is probably what every child looks forward to the most during the holiday (I know I did!).

Chinese tradition dictates that people born in the Year of the Dragon are brave, strong, intellectual, innovative and passionate. Click on the images below to check out the Geni profiles of some famous celebrities born in the Year of the Dragon!

Bruce Lee

Sandra Bullock

John Lennon

Shirley Temple

Keanu Reeves

Russell Crowe













Happy Chinese New Year!


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  • Yao Liu

    it’d be a nice feature to show one’s sign from the year of birth provided. however, the lunar year starts on a different day every year.