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Enter the year of the dragon

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Three weeks ago, we celebrated the start of a new year. You may have made some resolutions or just have some new goals for 2012. If you haven’t yet been able to put these in motion yet, you have another chance to get started and begin the year anew.

Today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year and begins the first day of a 15-day celebration, which culminates in the Lantern Festival. During this time traditional feasts are held, festive dance parades feature dragons or lions, special ceremonies pay homage to ancestors and deities, gifts are exchanged, and visits to extended family are made. The year 2012 rings in the Year of the Dragon, one of the symbols of the 12-year Chinese zodiac, and bids farewell to the Year of the Rabbit.

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About Nicolle Morales Kern

Nicolle was born in Philadelphia, raised in England and Germany, and lived in Madrid, Spain for a year in college. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Drexel University.

This avid reader and writer seeks to write and create pieces that encourage people to think and question what they already know, but also to show them the lighter side of life.
Her interest in writing and working for Being Latino comes from the desire to explore what being Latino means for her as a German-Panamanian and to explore the depths of the Latino culture.

She has a passion for all things relating to books, food and booze and shares her musings on her personal blog Culture Jaunt, and currently resides in Philadelphia.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.

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