2012 - The Year of the Dragon 龍年

In Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. It begins on January 23 this year and ends on February 9, 2013 (if your new baby were born during this Lunar year, we call him/her a dragon baby). The Dragon is the fifth sign, which consists of 12 Animal signs. The characteristics of the Dragon Sign are tempered by one of the five Chinese elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth (like other 11 Animal signs). Every 60 years goes through a full cycle. For example, 1952 is the Year of Water Dragon, 2012 is the Year of Water Dragon again.

The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. In ancient China, the Dragon is the imperial symbol, the sign of the emperor, or the male element Yang. The Dragon is the symbol of power and wealth. Today, it is the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness. May the celestial Dragon bring great luck to everyone.

You can see there are a lot of dragon signs and symbols in China if you have visited the country. Especially, many beautiful stone carvings showing in the Forbidden City in downtown of Bejing.

The Year of the Dragon is the major symbol of good fortune in Chinese Astrology. Because the Dragon is a mythical creature expect grand things this year. The Water element makes this Dragon luckier than ever before! 

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