Year Of The Dragon

January 2, 2012 by staff 

Year Of The DragonYear Of The Dragon, It was just yesterday when thousands of people gathered around with their beloved ones to bid farewell to 2011 and usher in the year of.. the dragon!

That’s right. Not only it is the year of the dragon.. the year of black dragon has returned in 60 years exciting many Koreans as they believe that the spirit of the black dragon will ward off negative energy and bring in good fortune.

To tell us more, we have Arirang Today’s Park Hee-ju joining us now in the studio. Hello, Hee-ju!!

[Reporter : ] Hi guys. First thing’s first. HAPPY NEW YEAR! May this one be filled with happiness just like the previous year.
Every Korean has their own animal zodiac sign, depending on the year they were born 12 zodiac animals, which are deeply embedded in the Korean culture, are also believed to determine a person’s characteristics and give each year a particular meaning.
The year of the dragon has returned in 12 years but the black dragon has made its comeback after 60 years Let’s take a look at how Koreans are cheering on this rare, and majestic animal.

Did you sleep well last night[Interview : Kim Jong-dae, Professor of Folklore
Chung-Ang University] “The dragon is an imaginary creature, but it’s the only one that can live in the sky, on land, and in water. It is an omniscient and omniscient creature, and is called “mireu” in the ancient document “Hunmongjahoe,” indicating that it is related to water. Many people worshipped the dragon as a water god, and fishermen prayed to the dragon for an abundant catch.”

We begin the New Year with new hopes and new resolutions.

There are many “Black Dragon events” and Black Dragon marketing strategies filling streets and stores, encouraging people to start the year with a new heart.

Paintings of black dragons emerge from the tip of a brush in a single flourish,

and a variety of new products utilize the black dragon as part of their design.

Each major department store is having its own Black Dragon special sale, and demand for products with dragon designs has gone up.

One ceramics company designed a ceramic plate with a dragon design for its customers.

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