Since my Sisters-in-Law are expecting twins this April, Ken has been watching out for all things “baby”. Here’s a cool thing he found on Metafilter:
A much anticipated birth is expected by many Chinese families after the New Moon on Monday, 23rd January ushers in the auspicious Year of the Dragon. The only mythological beast in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon as a symbol in China dates back to 3000 BC and stands for happiness, immortality, procreation, fertility and activity. This year’s babies will be Black Water Dragons, considered to be calmer, more flexible and even more charismatic than other elements. In previous dragon years, countries such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore have all experienced baby booms, and preparations are in place for this year’s influx of baby dragons.
Now, who wouldn’t want a baby like that? Especially when there’ll be two…. Make sure and check out the links in the post- they lead to a lot of interesting ephemera.
- Chinese Year of the Dragon- 2012: The Dragon and the Rooster – A Chinese Folk Tale (thehenrybrothers.wordpress.com)
- Chinese New Year: The Year of the Dragon (friendseat.com)
- Dragon year roars ! (rightways.wordpress.com)
- Year of the dragon: Firebreathers reign in pop culture (herocomplex.latimes.com)