Today, 4th February 2012 is Lichun (立春) which signifies the first day of spring according to the Chinese calendar. This year, Lichun starts at 6:22 pm Malaysian time. It is based on the the Xia / Hsia (Solar/Farmer) Calendar. Lichun marks the begining of another cycle. For Feng Shui, 4 Pillar Destiny Chart or Phat Chee reading purposes, the Year of the Dragon starts on Feb 4th. It takes over from the animal zodiac sign of Rabbit.
“Lichun (Lapchun) 2012 - The start of a new zodiac sign”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on February 4th, 2012.
In 2010, I wrote a post about Lichun and our tradition of making an egg stand on this day (click here).
Updated on 5 Feb 2012: Eggs do stand on their ends - New Straits Article read here.
About The Year of the Dragon 2012:
- This is a year of double Lichun, it is also know as "shuang chun" (双春) meaning double spring. This is considered very auspicious, hence many people believe that this year will be good for starting new ventures, marriage and childbirth. The lunar new year started on 23 Jan 2012 and ends on 10 Feb 2013, hence the year of the dragon will experience the first lichun on 4 Feb 2012 and the second lichun on 3rd Feb 2013.
- It is a leap year with February 29th according to the western calendar
- There are 13 months with a total of 384 days in our Chinese lunar calendar, the extra/leap month being in month no. 4. A Chinese lunar month has either 29 or 30 days.
So, my dear friends, if your birthday is in January and February, are you sure you've got your zodiac sign correct?
Synonym: K. coccinea var. blossfeldiana
Malay name: Setawar kacukan
I purchase these kalanchoes to decorate my home for the new year celebrations. I think they are sweet and beautiful. These flowers are very popular during this season. I'll explain why:
Kalanchoes are called "wan zi qian hong" ( 万紫千红) - "million purple thousand red" which translates to mean 'an abundance of wealth and prosperity'. In Cantonese, 'zi' for purple colour also sounds like money (银纸 - ngan zhi) and son (子 - zi). The pronunciation of "wan zi qian hong" also rhymes with "a million offsprings, a thousand fame and honour".
This will certainly appeal to people wishing for a dragon child this year and to those who wish for more wealth, fame and honour.
Happy Chinese Valentine's Day!
Selamat menyambut Maulidur Rasul!