February 10, 2013
Today also Carnaval started in Brabant (NL). The Dutch decorate mostly themselves, in funny outfits resembling famous people (Beatrix and her son are very popular this year). Most symbols and rituals got lost, but having fun and drinking beer remains.
Friday me and Koen went to see China Light in Rotterdam. The park surrounding the Euromast was turned into a fairytale landscape. I really had to suppress the feeling of just running towards it with my arms fluttering.
Over 40 Chinese artists made these wonderful light objects. A great combination of tradition, kitsch and beauty.
Here some pictures by me & Koen, tried not make it a spoiler, but a glimpse with some extra symbolic-intel! Happy New Year!
2013 is the year of the black Snake begins on February 10th shortly after the New moon in Aquarius, the humanitarian of the zodiac. This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.**
2012 was the year of the Dragon. The dragon has been an important part of China for over 8.000 years and symbolizing good fortune. Together with a phoenix it symbolizes the hope for a good life.
Thursday 14 February is the last day of China Light Rotterdam, so make sure to visit it! More information on www.chinalightrotterdam.nl/en
* From Wikipedia
** More about The year of the snake on www.hanban.com
*** From the book 'Fabric of Enchanment'
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