This year and specifically on January 23, 2012, we are celebrating the Chinese New Year by closing out 2011’s year of the rabbit and welcoming 2012’s year of the dragon. Chinese New Year is a time to welcome long life, wealth, good fortune, prosperity and to eliminate negative energy or evil spirits from the past. Chinese New Year is typically a 14 day celebration.
As is customary, an animal is typically associated with a particular year and imparts certain characteristics on those born within that year. There are 12 animals in rotating succession in the Chinese or Lunar Calendars. Each animal serves or represents each year. The Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Rat, Boar, Rabbit, Dog, Rooster, Ox, Tiger, Snake, and Ram are the twelve animals that are part of this tradition. There is a common belief that during the 14 days of the lunar new year celebration, that the way you act and the things you do during those crucial first days of the new lunar period will set the tone for the rest of the year. So everyone will be on their best behavior.
The Year of the Water Dragon – 2012
This year will be about excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity. The recent Occupy protests, the presidential election, and various news coverage in the media seem to support that. This dragon year will respond with energy, vitality and unbridled enthusiasm. Sometimes that is a good thing and sometimes that is a bad thing.
This year we are welcoming the Water Dragon. As with most years, the four elements are also assigned to particular animals, which ushers in other characteristics for those born in that year. Water exerts a calming influence on the Dragon’s innate fire essentially calming a lot of that energy and enthusiasm. Water Dragons are more open to other people’s opinions than other Dragons with an open communication that shows true leadership qualities.
The Dragon personality
Dragon people are passionate, bold and have a lot of self confidence and assurance. While they carry an optimism and a pioneer’s spirit they can also be very foolish and have a lot of personal tragedy. Those born under the dragon year are generous with their resources and yet they are very blessed with good fortune, being resourceful, enterprising and have a great sense of humour
This Chinese New Year 2012 ushers in the Water Dragon. Water exerts a calming influence on the Dragon’s innate fire. Water Dragons are more open to other people’s opinions than other Dragons which gives them the ability to channel their personal charisma into real leadership qualities.
Celebrity dragons include: Martin Luther King, Joan of Arc, Sigmund Freud, Shirley Temple, John Lennon, Ringo Starr.
For more information about Chinese New Year, please visit Chinese New Year 2012.