During the Han Dynasty, over 2000 years ago, the Chinese zodiac first appeared as an offshoot of the lunar calendar. Unlike the Roman zodiac, whose symbols represent constellations, the Chinese calendar represents personalities, depicted as animals, and are all a part of a 12-year cycle used to determine one’s birth.
Did you know that 2020 is the Year of the Rat? What is particularly auspicious about having the rat as your zodiac sign? Rats are considered to be smart, quick-witted, resourceful, and are the first animal of the 12-year cycle. The last animal of the cycle is (you guessed it) the Pig. To make things even more interesting, astrologers use the five elements, which also appeared during the Han Dynasty, to categorize phenomena and predict their interactions with others. Die-hard Chinese zodiac enthusiasts will be amused to learn that 2020 is the year of the metal rat, which makes people born this lunar new year (or in this cycle) particularly strong-minded. But the celebration isn’t just for all you rats out there! It is believed that the Lion dance will scare away all malevolent spirits for everyone!
On January 14th, at 6:30 pm, The Carpenter Branch Library is pleased to host the popular return of a traditional Lion Dance, as well as a demonstration of traditional martial arts movements and drumming, by students from the International Wushu Center for Martial Arts to celebrate the 2020 lunar new year! We will also have crafts for all ages, including paper rat finger puppets, paper plate rats, and origami rats!
So come join us on January 14th to celebrate a new year that is predicted to be a year of new beginnings for everyone! Light refreshments will follow!