So it's far too early. Chinese New Year - the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year - is next month. This year Chinese New Year starts on February 18 and runs for fifteen days - starting on the first day of the first lunar month (Zheng Yue) of the Chinese calendar. It seems 2007 will be the Year of the Pig - 2006 was the Year of the Dog. So get this straight - if you were born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983 or 1995 - you were born under the sign of the pig. Like the pig, you are highly regarded for your "chivalry and pureness of heart," and you often make friends for life. For pigs, the word is that, in 2007, "any recent setbacks or obstacles can be overcome," so you really ought "to look forward to a year in which to really shine, either personally or professionally." The rest of you are on your own.
In case you were wondering, famous people born in the Year of The Pig include Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart, Thomas Jefferson, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Mahalia Jackson, David Letterman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. So there.
So what's this, Sunday, January 7, on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Kodak Theater? It's a promotion for the - dancing Dai girls, mythical dragons, drummers, musicians and all the rest. The international Chinese-language network for the Chinese not in China, for whatever reason, has the show on tour, as usual. It's at the Kodak Theater, January 9-10 - for 38.00 to 188.00 a seat.
So Gong Xi Fa Cai and all that.