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Dragon illusion

DID YOU KNOW

 

Chinese New Year

The Lunar New Year, also known as the "Spring Festival," focuses on casting away the old and embracing the new, It's a time for renewal and prosperity. In the western world, dragons were often depicted as fierce creatures wreaking chaos, but in the orient, in China, Japan and Korea these mythological creatures are revered as symbols of benevolence, symbolizing good luck, strength, and health.

 

Nine Wonders 

Let's delve into the fascinating anatomy of the dragon—it's truly a marvel! Picture this: its head resembles that of a camel, with majestic horns akin to a deer's antlers. Its eyes gleam like those of a hare, while its ears stand proud like a bull's. As for its neck, it's as sinuous as that of an iguana, leading down to a belly reminiscent of a frog's. Its body is adorned with scales reminiscent of a carp, and its powerful paws resemble those of a tiger. And let's not forget its fearsome claws, akin to those of an eagle, ready to strike with precision.

 

Amidst the awe-inspiring presence of the dragon, there lies a staggering count of 117 scales. Among these, 81 (nine times nine scales) resonate with the yang essence, symbolizing positivity and vitality-a number cherished as the zenith of good fortune and abundance. Meanwhile, the remaining 36 scales embody the yin essence, a counterbalance to the dragon's majestic power. 

 

The dragon lore

The body parts and claw count diverge across cultures. Korean and Japanese dragons boast serpentine bodies, differing from their Chinese counterparts resembling a carp. Intriguingly, Korean dragons feature four claws, while Japanese dragons traditionally possess only three. This contrasts with the Chinese tradition of five claws, reserved exclusively for the emperor, while four and three claws symbolize commoners.

 

Traditional customs

They're as vibrant as the celebrations themselves! It's a time for family gatherings, from feasting on dumplings to children receiving lucky money in red envelopes. Red, symbolizing prosperity, is the colour of choice for attire during this joyous occasion.

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