SM North Edsa: Chinese New Year Celebration 2012

2012 is the year of the Dragon which actually begins on the 23rd of January and will end on 9th February 2012. The Dragon is the 5th sign of the Chinese Zodiac which has 12 animal signs to consider.

Dragon represents a creature of myth and legend during ancient time. This also brings great good luck and signifying success and happiness.


Brief History:

he Year 2012 is the 4709th Chinese year. The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4709th year on January 23, 2012. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Black Water Dragon is the 28th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since (60 *78) + 29 = 4709, therefore 2012 is the Water Dragon year, which is the 4709th Chinese Year.

Some web sites say the year 2012 is the 4710th Chinese year. If you cannot find the explanation as to why, here is a possible answer for you. The Yellow King's inauguration was held in the spring of 2697 B.C. But the day that was used as the first day of the year was the winter solstice, which was around December 23rd, 2698 B.C. Today's January 1st meant nothing to the Yellow King. If we count that extra eight days in 2698 B.C., then year 2012 is the 4710th Chinese year.

Last Sunday, SM North Edsa celebrated the Chinese New Year held at the Atrium, The Block hosted by Chris Tiu and a special appearance to meet and greet the Chinese Emperor, Richard Yap (also known as Papa Chen Sy of My Binondo Girl). Chris Tiu narrated a story of Chinese New Year and several performances like Wushu Demo, Chinese Symphony Orchestra, Dragon and Lion Dance, and Chinese Bazaar of delicacies, charms and ornaments were also present.

Here is the calendar of activities for Chinese New Year Celebration:

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