Today, we welcome the year of the Water Dragon. Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy New Year!
|The dragon leading the prosperity parade.|
|Master Joseph Chau Kam Shing presiding over the Paai-Shan Ceremony (prosperity and energizing ritual)|
|Master Joseph Chau blessing the crowd.|
|He encourages everyone to shout Kung Hei Fat Choi while he blesses them.|
|We were lucky that we were close to a platform. So we were touched by Master Joseph Chau's blessings for the year.|
|Since it's the year of the dragon - there were two fire-breathing dragons featured behind the stage.|
|Mandarin Oriental General Manager Mr. Mark Bradford, Vice President Binay, and Master Joseph Chau dotting the eye of the dragon.|
|Manila's Socialites ( including Ms. Baby Arenas ) were there to celebrate the new year. She was one of those who dotted the eye of the lions.|
|Tim Yap and Tessa Prieto hosted the event.|
|Purple Dragon doing the prosperity dance.|
|Mandarin Oriental has been celebrating the CNY for the past 16 years.|
A lot of Chinese ( and Filipinos ) are looking forward to the year of the Dragon. It is said to bring people good luck. This element sign for this year is water - so the luck colors are those which can be seen in fire ( which counteracts water ). For example the colors red and orange are considered lucky for this year.
I was born on the year of the Water Ox. Oxens are known to be steady workers - which makes us very resilient to bad fortune. We can always rely on our hard work to get us through anything.
I wish all of you, my dear readers the best in money, love, and health for this year. Kung Hei Fat Choi!