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Monday, January 23, 2012

KUNG HEE FAT CHOY



Dancing dragons, gau, fireworks...today is the Chinese New Year.  Sometimes spelled Gung Hee Fat Choy, next year the celebrations will occur on February 10.  In the Western world, this is the year 2012, representing years after the birth of Jesus Christ.  In China this could be the year 4710 or 4709 or 4649.  I can explain why...but, why.

This is the year of the dragon, which is the most favorable, luckiest and revered zodiac sign.  Dragons are confident, generous, colorful, gifted and operate on a grand scale.  Hmm...no wonder I am a dragon.  Both weddings and births will spike this year in the Orient.  We dragons, though, can be conceited, tactless, and solitary.

We marine dragons are fearsome, not like that leafy one above, for in Chinese tradition, there was something called a Nian, a monster, which ate people.  Dragons can neutralize Nians.

There are, actually, ten different dragons.  Twelve years ago it was metal and in 2024 it will be wood.  This year?  The water dragon, something that won't happen again for 120 years.  The founders of Blue Revolution Hawaii have accepted the Blue Marine Dragon as our mascot.  This is the year, no doubt, we make significant progress.

Next year will be the Year of the WATER Snake, and these specific people tend to be motivated, intellectual and influential.  So Blue Revolution Hawaii has two years (2014 is the Wood Horse) to save Planet Earth and Humanity.  Do I believe all this blather?  Some do.

So if you were born on January 22, this, then, is not your year?  Nope, it is, for there is this weird acceptance in the Orient to base your astrological symbol from January 1 of the Gregorian Calendar.  Incidentally, 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 will not be, because the year is slightly less than 365.25 days long.

In the Philippines, this day, called the Lunar New Year, is for the first time a national holiday.  Beijing experienced terrible air pollution from fireworks, while in Shanghai, 30,000 sanitation workers today worked to clear up the rubbish from these explosions.  From the Marina Bay Sands this year in Singapore:


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The Dow Jones Industrials slipped 12 to 12,709, while world markets were mostly up.  Gold went up $10 bucks to $1676/toz, while the WTI crude recovered to just under $100/barrel and the Brent Spot to $111/barrel.

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Tropical Cyclone Funso is now a monster at 130 MPH, but, apparently will not make landfall and skirt between Africa and Madagascar into the open ocean:

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