Gong Xi Fa Cai!
That’s the most popular phrase used for Chinese New Year Greetings!
This year, 2012 is the Year of The Water Dragon, the most auspicious of all the Chinese signs
The Water Dragon, being a symbol of power is envisaged to heal and protect from stress and chaos. This animal is said to have intelligence, patience and sensitivity which in turn provides motivation, discipline and reflection.
Wishing all my Chinese readers a prosperous and healthy Lunar New Year!
You can find out more on the "soft power" of dragons from Fr Tim Byron SJ and how it is celebrated in The Phillipines from here