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Chinese New Year – 2012, Year of the Dragon

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2012, Year of the Dragon
Clip Art for Year of the Dragon
© Dixie Allan

In the year 2012, Chinese New Year's Day will be celebrated on January 23. The New Year festival will start from January 22, Chinese New Year's Eve, and end on February 6, the Lantern Festival. 2012 marks the 4710th Chinese New Year, and this year will be the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese zodiac calendar.

The dragon is the 5th sign of the Chinese zodiac and is the mightiest of all the signs. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. They prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They are driven, unafraid of challenges and willing to take risks. Dragons are passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion. Unfortunately, this passion and enthusiasm can leave them feeling exhausted and interestingly, unfulfilled.

Dragons frequently help others but they rarely will ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colorful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they're most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as being arrogant or conceited, but these qualities aren't applicable. They also have tempers that can flare fast!

Dragons and the 5 elements

  • Metal Dragons - Years 1940 and 2000
    Metal strengthens this already strong sign. Metal Dragons are more determined and they'll fight for what they believe in. They enjoy the company of those who feel mighty enough to challenge their beliefs. They are true leaders and usually find plenty of others willing to follow their lead.
  • Water Dragons - Years 1952 and 2012
    Water calms the Dragon's fire. Water Dragons are able to see things from other points of view and they don't have the need to always be right. Their decisions are good since they allow other's to become involved.
  • Wood Dragons - 1904 and 1964
    Wood Dragons also are willing to entertain the opinions of others. Their artistic side is strong and Wood Dragons enjoy being creative and innovative. They get along with others, but will always be the dominating force.
  • Fire Dragons - 1916 and 1976
    A Fire Dragon's emotions can flare instantly. Fire Dragons put themselves on pedestals, and because they react quickly and recklessly, they sometimes make wrong decisions. Fire Dragons need to slow down and keep their tempers in check as that's when they are at their best.
  • Earth Dragons - Years 1928 and 1988
    More rooted in the ground, Earth Dragons make better decisions because they act more rationally. Earth Dragons are level-headed and able to control their behaviors. They are more supportive of others, but they prefer being admired by others.

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