✾ Blue Orchids and Chinese New Year of 2015 🐏🐐🐑

Queensland Orchid International Happy Chinese New Year 2015

It is interesting to note that the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year is celebrated annually for 15 days, culminating with the Lantern Festival (元宵節) on the final day, which is today for 2015, soon to be joyfully experienced in the first Full Moon Tonight… for the Year of the Goat, the symbolic meanings and cultural significance of which are well encapsulated by the following Wikipedia excerpts:

The Goat (Chinese: ; pinyin: yáng) is the eighth sign of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.

The Chinese commonly regard sheep as an auspicious animal, and the Year of the Sheep, therefore, heralds a year of promise and prosperity. “Yáng” (羊) is a component of another written Chinese character “xiang” (), which means auspiciousness, and the two were interchangeable in ancient Chinese, according to one source. It is also a part of the character “shan” (), which counts kindness and benevolence as among its meanings.

In Chinese astrology Goats are described as loving-peace and “kind” and “popular”. With the addition of the wood element, the Goat characteristic is thought to love peace and to be helpful and trusting, but yet also to be “clinging” and of a nature resistant to change.

Lunar New Year 2015

Chinese New Year

History’s “Bet You Didn’t Know” web series focuses on some of history’s little known facts.

Can also be viewed at history.com/topics/holidays/chinese-new-year
Photo & Video Contributions

Those who are interested in contributing photos or videos can upload them to the Queensland Orchid International Facebook Group.

Excellent or exceptional photos and videos uploaded to the group may be featured in the following Gallery of this post to provide exemplary visual documentations of Orchids for Chinese New Year Celebration.

Blue Orchids

On this special day, SoundEagle would like to invite all of you to celebrate the occasion with not just lanterns, fireworks and sumptuous Chinese food but also orchids of any colour persuasion, blue or otherwise, via the simultaneous presentation of photos, graphics and friendly discussions shown below, the subjects of which range from Chinese New Year and cultural heritage, image manipulation and colour perception, to gene splicing, genetic modification, mutation, crossbreeding and selective breeding for true blue orchid flowers.

It is early March, the start of a new season! If you are interested and creatively inclined, then gather your best-looking and most spring- or autumn-worthy (flowering) orchids, bring them indoor or outdoor for enjoyment, and decorate or surround them with old or new gifts, souvenirs, memorabilia, models, jewellery, decor(ations), ornaments, plush toys and so on to mark the beginning of the new season and the end of the Chinese New Year during the bright hours of the day or by the Full Moon Tonight… with festive Lanterns.

Take photos or videos and upload them to the Queensland Orchid International Facebook Group to celebrate the occasion and the new season, impressing us with your spirit and creativity!

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