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Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon – Final Weeks | Navy Pier

August 21, 2012

Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon has been wowing audiences all summer long at The Pepsi® Skyline Stage® at Navy Pier®. The show has been called “Athletically mind-blowing” by Newcity and “Visually stunning” by Chicago Theatre Beat.  Hedy Weiss from the Chicago Sun-Times even said, “No doubt about it, this ‘Dragon’ breathes fire.”

But what does “Year of the Dragon” really mean? Thanks to Nevine El Shabrawy for her explanation on the Egypt Independent. She says:

There are 12 Chinese year-based horoscopes, beginning with the Rat and continuing through the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and finally the Pig. The system is cyclical and based on a lunisolar calendar, with New Year’s Day appearing on the second new moon after the winter solstice.

Chinese holiday traditions include forgiving past conflicts, hosting elaborate feasts, setting off fireworks and giving children money in red envelopes. The Year of the Dragon is believed to bring success and happiness, while other animals bring other blessings during their years.

So what does it mean for you? tells us that:

Persons born in the Year of the Dragon are often described as free-spirited creatures who believe that rules and regulations are for other people. Naturally confident and very fearless, they are usually very successful; however, due to their extrovertness and enthusiasm, they can sometimes end up feeling tired and unfulfilled. Always ready to lend a helping hand to those who need it, a Dragon’s pride can mean that they are often unwilling to ask for or accept help from others.

Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon closes September 3rd!  For tickets visit


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