Gung Hay Fat Choy: Year of the Golden Pig
Yesterday marked the start of the new year according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. The Year of the Dog concluded and and yesterday we celebrated the Year of the Golden Pig, which occurs every 60 or 600 years (depending on who you ask). Apparently, the pig is celebrated in China and some people believe that children born this year will be blessed with good luck and wealth. This fact, hasn't gone unnoticed in China, where they expect a 10 percent boom in births during the Year of the Golden Pig.
From a sailor's perspective, perhaps the Year of the Golden Pig will bring good fortune to the Chinese America's Cup Syndicate, who's CHN 95 has the coolest paint scheme of all the syndicates, but face a tough battle in the Louis Vuitton Cup to challenge the right to challenge the America's Cup winner to battle.
Yesterday, we decided to get in the spirit of Gung Hay Fat Choy and headed to New York City's Chinatown to join in the festivities. We loved the bands, the lucky red lanterns and, of course, the many dragons.
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