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Posted By: Sifu
On January 15, 2010 at 00:00
An Old Idea Reawakened
Welcome to the first 2010 issue of the Chinatown Tai Chi Chuan newsletter. Several years ago a newsletter had been circulated for the students to share ideas, knowledge, questions and important upcoming events. Once again a newsletter is being created for everyone to enjoy. This newsletter is not just for a select few to post information in but for anyone who has information, stories and questions they wish to share with others. If you have something you would like to contribute to the newsletter or wish to learn more about, simply write down your idea or suggestion and place it in the "I Have An Idea" box or email Sifu.
Hope you enjoy the first edition!
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is not just about lion dances and firecrackers; it's actually a 15-day celebration where families and friends gather together, gifts are exchanged and, of course, lots of food is eaten. The New Year occurs on a different day each year. In the year 2010 that special day falls on February 14th. In the Chinese culture each year is known by its animal zodiac. The year 2010 is also known as the Year of the Tiger. There are 12 animals that recycle through the years, the year of the Tiger also occurred in 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986 and 1998.
The Lunar New Years can be traced back thousands of years through traditions and legends. In China workers usually don't work the week of New Year's. In the days prior to the new year, a "sweeping of the grounds" takes place where every corner of one's house is swept and cleaned. Couplets, short poems expressing good fortune for the family, are written on red paper, then placed on the walls and gates. To ward off ghosts and monsters, New Year Paintings decorated the doorways. On the morning of New Year's Day families gather together and the unmarried members, regardless of age, are given red packets containing money. Many wishes of wealth and good fortune are made for the coming year.
On the final 15th night of celebration, called the Lantern Festival, children carry lanterns in a parade during the day. Later lanterns are placed outside the homes to protect those within. It is during this festival's parade that the lion and dragon dances take place. The celebration is highlighted by honoring the household gods and family ancestors.
There is much more that could have been written about the Chinese New Year's celebration. This article is but a glimpse into those special days. I highly encourage you to do some research on your own and explore this fascinating ancient culture so you may have a better understanding and appreciation.
Year of the Tiger
Were you born in the year of the tiger? See if the zodiac description matches yourself or someone you know. Some characteristics that individuals born in the year of the tiger portray are: patient but short-tempered, free spirited, suspicious, fearless, adventurous, sensitive, charming, and tend to be a risk-taker. They are natural leaders who are absolutely loyal and affectionate towards those they love. In their career choices they tend to excel as business managers, social activists, writers, explorers or possibly race car drivers. They are most compatible with people born the years of the horse or dog and should avoid interacting with anyone born the year of the monkey.
Curious about famous people born the year of the Tiger? Wait no more: Sun Yat Sen, Queen Elizabeth II, Sheryl Crow, Beethoven, Emily Dickinson and Jay Leno. Hope you enjoyed learning about the year of the Tiger, if you would like more information about the different animal zodiacs go to www.chinesezodiac.com.
New Year - New Goals
"What are your Tai Chi goals for the year 2010?"
It is time to ask each student at Chinatown Tai Chi Center to think about his/her goals. Your goals might be learning a new form, maybe two. Or maybe you want to learn how to develop better balance or promote and increase your Internal Energy. Perhaps you want to read and understand more about tai chi principles. If one of your goals is to test for your next fringe level either with Sifu or Grandmaster Wong, now is the time to start planning.
Whatever it is that you would like to improve, Sifu and the Instructors would like to know what you are hoping to learn more about starting now. So please take the time to write down some things you would like to learn/improve this year and put your thoughts in the "I Have An IDEA" box.