As a naturalist and nature lover, you have to love people who mark a new year based on a lunar cycle.
This year's Lunar New Year marks the beginning of a series of festivals not only in China, but also in many nations and territories with significant Han Chinese populations. The New Year is celebrated at the turn of the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar. Traditionally, it’s a time to spread happiness and love for the coming year, friends and family members get together and relationship ties are renewed in the Lunar New Year.
This year, hundreds of millions of people gathered to welcome the Year of the Rooster across the globe. It's time to say goodbye to the Monkey and hello to the year of the Rooster.
Unfortunately, this international celebration came at the same time as President Donald Trump's move to ban more than 130 million people from the United States and to deny entry to all refugees. The ban reverberated worldwide Saturday, at the start of the New Year, as chaos and confusion rippled through US law enforcement agencies, airports and foreign capitals trying to grasp with this offensive US policy.
New York City, which has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia, is the epicenter of the Lunar New Year celebrations in the metropolitan area. There were many ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year. One of my favorites is the fantastic New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony on the first day of the Lunar New Year.
The Chinese community did a wonderful job of organizing the celebrations for all people to enjoy. The Sara D. Roosevelt Park had wonderful performances, vendors, and giveaways. There area was filled with small flags of China, and ornaments of roosters and dragons. The main event, the Firecracker Ceremony started around noon and was a fun time with loud firecrackers to help scare away demons and bad luck. Let's hope it works soon.
Happy New Year! Wishing You Great Prosperity and Good Luck in the Year of the Rooster!