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Jean Youn: Year of the dragon

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn
Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

It is is a glorious new day of the first day of the year 2012.

In East Asia, upon tradition, each year is represented by a cycle of 12 animals. This year is the year of the dragon.

The animals that represent each year are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, dog, chicken, and boar. Eleven of the animals are ones that exist in real life but the dragon isn’t a real animal.

green dragon clip art

Western people and Eastern people hold different views about dragons.

To Western people, the thought of dragons bring negative feelings while for Eastern people, dragons bring positive feelings and they are sometimes thought to be divine.

Even within the East, they have differing views of dragons. The views of China, Japan, India , Vietnam, and Korea are similar in a lot of ways, but there are also differences.

What all the Eastern views have in common though, is that the dragon is a sign of good things to come. They say that the pearl that the dragon carries around with it brings good fortune to people.

I hope that this year will bring you many good fortunes as if you have dragon’s pearl with you.

Thank you for another year of your patronage and I hope for a wonderful new year in which to continue to provide you with the best dry cleaning services.

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Jean Youn is the owner of Value Village Cleaners at 912 West Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale 91202. For details on services, coupons and more, check out the Value Village Cleaners website  here.

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