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Xin Nian Kuai Le or Happy New Year: How to get ready for water dragon year

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A large part of the world population is getting ready to enter the year of the water dragon with the current new moon. It is also the end of the winter and literally the spring festival. The festival is the most important one in Chinese culture and lasts for 14 days ending with the lantern festival on the 15th day and full moon. Officially the New year begins on 4th February 2012

Every new year bringing different challenges and opportunities the dragon year is the most important of all 12 years. Everybody will be making plans how to make the best of this year and many will want to become parents or grandparents in 2012. A dragon child is bound to have extremely good fortune, mind it is not born between 7 and 9 am.

First of all it is important to let go the old year just as we do in the western world, by making lots of noise on new years eve. In the Far East there are immense fireworks and canon blasts, the harder the better. You can bang two pot lids together the chase away the shadows of the past and make space for new fresh energies.
On New Years Eve you need to wear new clothes, from top to bottom, to be void of any old message. The same applies to your home, so time for a thorough spring cleaning, To protect your health also in the New Year, make sure you’ve got your red underwear in place, which you should be wearing for several days. On New Years day, that is tomorrow, do all the activities you would like to experience throughout the year. Be with family and friends, exchange gifts, go for walk , have lots of fun., be generous, happy, enjoying and absolutely positive.

The New Year allows us to start anew, give up useless or damaging habits and reinvent ourselves. Good luck and good fortune.

Gwen Hoffmann

Co-founder of wellness center Energy Clinic Hamburg

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