2013 bears the Chinese Zodiac Symbol of the "Snake" in the "Water" element. We like to think of this particular year in the sense of a "water serpent" and not so much a snake in the ground. The multifaceted wisdom gathered from ancient Chinese traditions in connection to nature and universal energies lead us to understand how this particular year is so appropriately different from last year's symbol, the Dragon.
The Snake as a unique creature has so much to teach us:
*A Snake can blend in with nature and adapt
*A Snake can bend and make detours
*A Snake can compress or stretch when situation demands it
*A Snake is cautious, observant, but decisive at the right moment
*A Snake moves slowly and silently, but swift when the right moment arrives
*A Snake is able to shed old skin and renew
This year we spent Chinese New Year's Day with old and new friends at our casual Tea Party with goodies to eat and stories to share. We appreciate your support and encouragement for us to continue our multicultural activities and serve the community.
Year of the Dragon started out with Chinese New Year celebration in our new location in town. Friends joined in the Lion Dance and Reuben Medina and Friends played music for us. Discussion and sharing of Chinese Spring Cleansing Festival stories and kite making.
In the Summer, Guest Artists Alison Hong-Novotney shared Afro/Cuban Folkloric dance and music with us.
Hight light of TIS Fall Bazaar, 2012 was the lecture and music performance by composer, poet, Latif Bolat, from Turkey. We heard beautiful music played on traditional instrument and learned about Sufi culture, poetry by Rumi, and historical background of Mr. Bolat's country. Award-winning author Robert Egby shared his new book about sprial energy in many locations around the world and in Northern New Mexico.
When the snow came to announce winter, we slowed down for reflections and to appreciate our friends and family.
Thus the Year of the Dragon fully enriched us in many ways. Thanks to All.
Enjoy 2012 images below in the slide show
Pearl Weng Liang Huang, Founder of
Ru Yi Studio of Multicultural Arts