2024 is the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is considered to be one of the most auspicious and powerful zodiac signs. Which means great changes are bound to happen. Let’s take a look back at the great changes that happened in the past year of the dragon.
1964: The Tokyo Olympics
In the 1964 year of the dragon, Japan hosted the Summer Olympics in Tokyo - the first ever Olympics held in Asia. The event brought the international community together and showed the great changes Japan went through after the war. Building on its accomplishments, Japan continued to grow to become the global cultural powerhouse we know today. As we look forward to the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, we can expect new growth from the old world and an uptick in human spirits.
1988: The Establishment of ASEAN and AFTA
In the next year of the dragon, The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Free Trade Area (AFTA) was formed to promote economic growth among the member countries, which include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. This initiative brought forth new cultural innovations and developments. For example, Thai-inspired dishes like tom yam soup and green curry became popular in Malaysia and Singapore. Also, here… In the upcoming year of the dragon, we look forward to more cultural exchanges around the world. Let’s make something together!
2000: The New Millennium
The year 2000, the much feared Y2K did not cause the end of the world. Instead, the Internet and personal technology revolutionized how we connect with each other - for better and worse. Looking at the bright side, the Internet and personal technology brought us together to overcome the social, environmental, economic, and political challenges together. Let’s channel the mighty dragon energy this year to rise up and shape the future positively.
2012: The Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars
The Year of the Dragon 2012, the Curiosity Rover landed on Mars. It has greatly expanded our scientific understanding of our neighborhood planet and the universe. And it’s still operating today! As we venture into the 2024 Dragon year, what further breakthroughs in science and technology will shape the course of our collective future?
As we welcome the Year of the Dragon in 2024, we celebrate the abundance we’ve received already with heartfelt gratitudes and look forward to creating a more positive future together! Let’s channel the dragon energy and do our part for the change we want!