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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 Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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