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FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!
We wrote this Blog Post and everything is burning right now.
It’s really HOT! So let’s take a little trip on FlashbackFriday!
(Please do not read this Blog Post in a crowded theatre)

Ready? Aim. FIRE!

“Come on, baby, light my fireTry to set the night on fire!”

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The element is FIRE!
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LEO has the most fundamental relationship with FIRE.
When confronted with challenges,
fire’s influence becomes obvious.
While others quit in the face of adversity,

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LEOs are inspired by burning passion and enthusiasm.
Embrace fire’s positive qualities,
and always work towards achieving the goal.
Be aware of fire’s negative influence,
it can stir impatience and impulsivity.

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LEO the Lion (July 22 – August 23) is the fifth sign of the zodiac.
It corresponds to the constellation LEO
and comes after Cancer and before Virgo.
The sign spans the 120th to 150th degree of celestial longitude.

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Burning Man 2014 “Embrace” burns!

“You’re Fired.” (who said that?)

“Burn out the day! Burn out the night!
I can’t see no reason to put up a fight.
I’m living for givin’ the devil his due.
And I’m burnin’, I’m burnin’, I’m burnin’ for you!”

FIRE (definitions):

combustion or burning, in which substances combine chemically with oxygen
from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke.
destructive burning of something

a collection of fuel, especially wood or coal, burned in a controlled way
to provide heat or a means for cooking.

start (an engine or other device)
supply (a furnace, engine, boiler, or power station) with fuel, ignite.

luminosity, glow, blaze, inferno, flames

a burning sensation in the body.
fervent or passionate emotion or enthusiasm.

stimulate or excite (the imagination or an emotion), show sudden anger.
generate a physical impulse or contraction.

one of the four elements in ancient and medieval philosophy and in astrology.

discharge a gun or other weapon to explosively propel (a bullet or projectile).
the shooting of projectiles from weapons, especially bullets from guns.

dismiss (an employee) from a job, discharge, show them the door,
escort them out, lay off, let go, axe, give them the boot.

strong criticism or antagonism.

bake or dry (pottery, bricks, etc.) in a kiln or hot oven.

“Tell me now, baby, is he good to you?
And can he do to you the things that I do? Oh no,
I can take you higher. Oh oh oh, I’m on fire”

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The fire person has leadership qualities, dynamic passion,
and is decisive, self-confident, positive, and assertive.
The direction associated with Fire is South, and the season is summer,
which makes it the fixed element for the animal signs Snake and Horse

The Snake:
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Fire (Chinese: ; pinyin: huǒ) is the prosper of the matter,
or the matter’s prosperity stage, the second of the Wu Xing, the Five Phases.

In the regenerative cycle of Wu Xing, wood engenders Fire
as fire is generated by rubbing together two pieces of wood
and it must be fueled by burning wood;
Fire begets earth as fire reduces everything to ashes,
which become a part of the earth again.
In the conquest cycle, water overcomes Fire
as nothing will put out a fire as quickly as water. 
Fire overcomes metal as it can only be melted and forged by flame or heat.

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Fire is yang in character. Its motion is upward and its energy is convective.

Fire is associated with the positive emotion of joy
and the negative emotion of hate.

Fire is associated with Summer, the South, the planet Mars and The Sun ,
the color red (associated with extreme luck), hot weather, daylight,
and the Vermilion Bird (Zhu Que)

Organs associated with the Fire element are the Heart (yin)
and small intestine (yang), the tongue and the body’s pulse.

“There’s a fire in my belly…. but it might just be supper.”

Fire attributes are considered to be dynamism, strength, and persistence;
however, it is also connected to restlessness.
The fire element provides warmth, enthusiasm, and creativity;
however, an excess of it can bring aggression, impatience, and impulsive behavior.
In the same way, fire provides heat and warmth; however, an excess can also burn.

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Shadow of a Man – Total Eclipse 2017 in Madras, Oregon

“And the flame still burns
It’s there in my soul for that unfinished goal
And the flame still burns
From a glimmer of then, it lights up again”

Ruling Planet is THE SUN
The Sun, a sphere of hot plasma, is the star at the center of the solar system.
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19. The Sun (XIX) is a Tarot Card from the Major Arcana
this card is associated with attained knowledge
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Material happiness, fortunate marriage, contentment.
Good things and positive outcomes to current struggles.
Reversed: The same in a lesser sense.

An infant rides a white horse under The Sun, sunflowers in the background.
The child of life holds a red flag that represents the blood of renewal.
A smiling sun shines down on the child, which represents accomplishment.
The conscious mind prevails over fear and the illusions of the unconscious.
Innocence is renewed through discovery and brings hope for the future.

The Sun is considered positive and the best card in the Tarot Deck,
It reflects happiness and contentment, vitality, self-confidence and success.

The Temple Burns on Sunday at Burning Man 2017:
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“Burn like Fire! Burn like Fire in Cairo!”

The Fire Knife Dance began in the ancient Polynesian demonstration of ailao,
a ceremonial performance of the Samoan warrior’s display of strength with a war club.
Fire dancing aka “poi spinning” began in the Maori’s war tradition in New Zealand.

It’s a Hawaiian Luau Tradition!
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Also called fire spinning, fire performance, fire twirling or fire manipulation.
Fire performance typically involves equipment or other objects
made with one or more wicks which are designed to sustain
a large enough flame to create a visual effect.

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THE CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL is Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Moon
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“Burn Baby, Burn”
p.s. WE ARE NOT DONE YET.




Happy Chinese New Year 2021!

Happy Chinese New Year 2021!
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Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival!

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NOTE: We post a “Happy Chinese New Year!” Blog Post every year!
Every year our Blog Post gets better…. this one is the best.
Check out the links to our previous Blog Posts at the bottom of the page.

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February 12, 2021 – Happy Chinese New Year 2021!
HAPPY YEAR OF THE YIN SILVER METAL OX!

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The first day is for welcoming the deities of the heavens and earth.
It is tradition to light fireworks and firecrackers, burn bamboo sticks
and make as much noise as possible to chase off evil spirits.

The first day is also a time to honor family elders and visit the oldest and most senior members of the extended families (parents, grandparents and great-grandparents).

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The Chinese (LUNAR) New Year Festival runs for 15 days,
The New Year Lantern Festival on February 26th is the final day of the festival.

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The 12 Animals of the Chinese Lunar Calendar (repeats every 12 years):
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And the Yin/Yang Five Elements:
Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth
The five elements are connected to five colors:
White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown.

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The Ox is the second sign in the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac.
The recent zodiac Years of the Ox sign: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, and 2009

The Year of the Metal Ox hasn’t happened for 60 years! (not since 1961)
aka The Year of the Silver Buffalo, it is associated with hard work and serenity.

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The Lunar New Year falls on the day of the second New Moon after Winter Solstice.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

“Worldwide peace” (天下太平—tiān xià tài píng)
“Longevity and fortune” (千秋万岁—qiān qiū wàn suì)

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祝贺大家新年好! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! 恭喜發財!

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For Buddhists the first day is also the birthday of Maitreya Bodhisattva, the Buddha-to-be.
They also abstain from killing animals and meat consumption on the first day.

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People born in the Year of the Ox are faithful and trustworthy.
They have leadership qualities and a tendency to be stubborn and judgmental.
They also stick to their routines and they are good workers.
They are cautious, and that helps them to avoid misfortune.

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“May you realize all your ambitions”

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Please check out our Asian recipes and our previous Blog Post about The House of Chan Cookbook and Chinese Restaurant in New York City! (use the search box at top of page)

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Asian American Art Museum in San Francisco 

The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is the oldest and largest celebration outside of Asia, and the largest Asian cultural event in North America. Over 100 groups participate in the annual Chinese New Year Parade held since 1958. It is attended by ~500,000 people and watched by another 3 million television viewers.

“For over 5,000 years the Chinese have celebrated the awakening of spring with Lunar New Year festivities. In the 1860’s the Chinese in San Francisco started the Chinese New Year Parade as a way to educate their community about Chinese cultural customs. Today, San Francisco’s Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival and Parade – a two week celebration including a Flower Fair, Community Fair, Jamboree, Run, and the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant and Ball – is the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia.
A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the Parade continues to delight and entertain the over one million people that come to watch it on the street and hundreds of thousands more who watch the live broadcast…
Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers , and of course, the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite is the spectacular 268′ Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”). It takes a team of over 100 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco.”

UPDATE: The San Francisco 2021 Chinese New Year Parade has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19 and concerns over large public gatherings. Instead a Parade Broadcast Special will air on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 6 pm PST on KTVU. and a there will only be a few small live public events. Info: @ChineseParade

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Prepping, inspecting, and wiring the lights in the new Golden Dragon for 2018

“The Dragon can ride mist and float on clouds in the sky, chase the storm and churn the waves in the sea, and summon wind and call for rain on the earth. More importantly, the Dragon symbolized the imperial power in the slave and feudal societies of China, and its image was exclusively used by the emperor.”

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Over 2000 years old, the Lantern Festival is a time for Moon watching, Lion dances,
lantern lighting, social interaction and a celebration of freedom.

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“May your happiness be without limit”

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The Year of the Metal Ox is going to be lucky!
Focus on your relationships (friendship or love) this year!

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Scare the Demons away! Are you wearing your red underwear today?
The best way to avoid bad luck is to wear red.
Lucky Colors for 2021:
white/silver/gray and aqua blue attract luck, prosperity, and health

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

 

“Fai chun are traditional decorations that are frequently used during Lunar New Year.
People hang fai chun (red and gold paper signs with significant Chinese characters) on their doors to create a festive atmosphere. The phrases generally signify good luck and prosperity. Customarily, fai chun are written by hand, but for convenience, printed versions are mass-produced nowadays. The decorations are either square or rectangular in shape and can be displayed vertically or horizontally.”

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The Chinese character for Fu (for luck, happiness and prosperity)
features prominently in fai chun and are usually displayed upside down.
The inverted character fu is a sign of coming blessings

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Every year we build a “Happy Chinese New Year!” Blog Post.
Please check out our past Blog Posts:

2020 – Year of the Yang Male White Metal Rat (and f*ck that guy)
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2020/01/14/happy-chinese-new-year-2020/
2019 – Year of the Yin Brown Female Earth Pig
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2019/01/29/happy-chinese-new-year-95000-hits/
2018 – Year of the Yang Brown Earth Dog
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/happy-chinese-new-year-2018/
2017 – Year of the Red Fire Rooster
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/happy-chinese-new-year-2017/
2016 – Year of the Yang Red Fire Monkey
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/happy-chinese-new-year-2016/
2015 – Year of the Green Wood Goat/Ram/Sheep
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/happy-chinese-new-year/
2014 – Year of the Green Wood Horse 
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/gung-hay-fat-choy-happy-chinese-new-year/

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According to ancient Chinese superstition, lighting fires and using knives is considered bad luck on New Year’s Day, so all food is usually cooked beforehand. It is also considered bad luck to use a broom during the New Year’s celebration.

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Life is just a bowl of kumquats… Kumquats for GOOD LUCK!
The name of the kumquat fruit comes from its Cantonese pronunciation gam kwat,
which translates literally to “golden tangerine.”
The sweet fruit represents wealth and good fortune.

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Red pockets, hóng bāo, are red envelopes filled with LUCKY MONEY!

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People walk under a Chinese Lantern display during a Chinese New Year eve celebration at Chinatown in Manila February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco 

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Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!
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Friday, February 16 is the Beginning of the Lunar New Year & Spring Festival

2018 is the Year of the Yang Brown Earth Dog!
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The Lantern Festival is on March 2nd and is the climax of the new year celebration.

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Over 2000 years old, the Lantern Festival is a time for Moon watching, Lion dances, lantern lighting, social interaction and a celebration of freedom.

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2018 is time to overcome obstacles and will be a challenge year for many people.
Take extra effort to reach your destination and use your wisdom to find a better way.
Consider necessity before spending money.
2018 will be a good year to save and increase your wealth.

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READ OUR PREVIOUS CHINESE NEW YEAR BLOG POSTS!

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Happy Year of the Brown Male Yang Earth Dog!
He’s such a good boy!

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Chinese New Year! Mardi Gras! Wine Wednesday! Denver Broncos!

Monday was CHINESE NEW YEAR! – Gung Hay Fat Choy!

2016Monkey Year of the Yang Red Fire Monkey!

Yesterday was FAT TUESDAY! MARDI GRAS! – Bon Temp Roulez!
HEY NOW! HEY NOW! AIKO! AIKO! un-day!
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Mardi Gras 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

“Iko Iko” by the Dixie Cups> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wNSHPQj0W8

 

Yesterday was also the
Denver Broncos Super Bowl Super Tuesday Concert & Parade!

GO BRONCOS! NFL SUPER BOWL 50 CHAMPIONS!
Final Score Denver 24 – Carolina 10

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Broncos Country turned out in force to celebrate the Super Bowl victory in Denver! 

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Peyton wanted the ball from the two-point conversion pass from Bennie, so he traded a signed game jersey for it. He got the ball, but Von Miller got the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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Two-point conversion! 

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Two-point conversion game ball

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Autographed Peyton Manning Game Jersey

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Von Miller – Super Bowl 50 MVP on the cover!

and Today is Wine Wednesday!

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Wine Wednesday! Gundlach Bundschu Tempranillo

CHEERS! Have a great day!

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p.s. FIRE PHIL SIMMS! Here are a few more posts from Sunday’s Super Bowl:

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Broncos Country! 1,000,000 Broncos Fans Celebrate without incident!

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