SF News – Organizers of the Hong Kong New Year Celebrations which will be broadcast worldwide via satellite invite their audiences to tune in to see the “flying Dragon Leap for a Prosperous 2012”.
The Hong Kong New Year Countdown will last a whole 4 minutes ending with a “golden dragon” spiral up. More than 400, 000 people are expected to show up for the event that cost nearly a million Dollars.
This year is also the year of the Dragon on the Chinese lunar calendar. The Chinese New Year will actually start on January 23 in the spring. Dragon for Chinese is of course by no means the same monster that westerners imagine. It is a creature of “myth and legend and a symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power.”
The New Years Eve is celebrated this year while the public unrest and Arab Spring continues in the Middle East. Japan was hit by a tsunami in 2011 that left the country devastated with tens of thousands of people killed or missing. 2011 was also the year of protests in the west.