The traditional New Year has already begun (and I hope yours is going well), but there is another new year celebration that is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays, and it’s coming up on January 23rd, 2012.
In China, the new year is know as “Spring Festival.” That might sound strange since in the West, since it’s cold and dark, but Chinese New Year celebrates the end of the winter season. Each year has one of a 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. This year, in 2012, it’s the year of the dragon. It’s a mighty and important animal to the Chinese.
In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. If you were born in a “dragon” year: 1904 * 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000 you are probably innovative and enterprising, self-assured, passionate and brave, but you can also be quick-tempered and tact-less.
No matter what year you were born in, you can enjoy the holiday and impress guests and family with some very beautiful soaps from one of my all-time favorite brands: Gianna Rose Atelier. The Gianna Rose Atelier Year of the Dragon Boxed Soaps ($35.00) will make a beautiful gift for your “Dragon” friends all year, or of course for yourself or anyone who loves beautiful things.
The Gianna Rose presentation, as always, is impressive and elegant. An ornate, hard-sided, cardboard presentation box with an intricate “box weave: design on a bright, red background (red is a lucky color in Chinese culture), is set upon a golden metallic base with a large, white and black “Chinese-chop-inspired” sticker to hold the top and bottom together. But the inside is even more exquisite. Inside are four square, triple-milled, vegetable- based soaps that smell light, fresh, and slightly lemon-y. The soaps are a light, golden oak color with a fine grain of gold that almost makes these look like they’re blocks of wood. In fact, the designs were inspired by two ancient wood carvings. Two of the soaps are decorated with a very intricate, round design featuring a golden dragon, the other two have a different dragon breathing his scary fire, on a red background. The soaps make your hands feel soft and lightly scented, but don’t be afraid to use them! These dragon designed silk screens last for the entire life of the soap and won’t wash off.
I’m a big fan of Gianna Rose soaps. They’re little, special, luxury items that make life more fun and beautiful. Founded in 1989 by a fashion and textile designer, Gianna Rose Atelier has a wide variety of beautiful Couture SoapsTM,bath care accessories, and home fragrance products. Gianna Rose can be found at more than 2,000 fine stores in the United States and around the world (including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Caswell-Massey). For more information on Gianna Rose, log onto http://www.giannarose.com.