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Chinese New Year 2012 - Year of the Dragon

dragon picture Each of the 12 Chinese New Year Signs is celebrated once every 12 years and this time it's the Dragon's turn.

2012 will be the year of the dragon. Starting on January 23rd, 2012, the Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival) will kick off with many days of festivities.

The dragon, unlike many of the other Chinese New Year Zodiac signs, is featured prominently in ceremonies and events all year round, regardless of being the featured zodiac.

Let's take a closer look at what to expect from people who are Dragons.

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Chinese Zodiac Personalities - Dragon

(Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash.

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Traditional Dragon attributes and associations

Attribute
Zodiac Location 5th
Ruling hours 7am-9am
Direction East-southeast
Motto “I Reign”[2]
Season and month Spring, April
Fixed element Water
Stem Positive
Lunar Month Dates April 5 – May 4
Birthstone Ruby
Colors Red
Roughly equivalent western sign Aries
Polarity Yang
Food Wheat, poultry

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Symbolic value



Historically, the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. In the Zhou Dynasty, the 5-clawed dragon was assigned to the Son of Heaven, the 4-clawed dragon to the nobles (zhuhou, seigneur), and the 3-clawed dragon to the ministers (daifu). In the Qin Dynasty, the 5-clawed dragon was assigned to represent the Emperor while the 4-clawed and 3-clawed dragons were assigned to the commoners. The dragon in the Qin Dynasty appeared on national flags.

The dragon is sometimes used in the West as a national emblem of China. However, this usage within both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China on Taiwan as the symbol of nation is not common. Instead, it is generally used as the symbol of culture. In Hong Kong, the dragon is part of the design of Brand Hong Kong, a symbol used to promote Hong Kong as an international brand name.

In European-influenced cultures, the dragon has aggressive, warlike connotations and it is conjectured that the Chinese government wishes to avoid using it as a symbol, but most Chinese disagree with this decision. Westerners only sometimes confuse the disposition of the benevolent Chinese dragon with the aggressive Western dragon.

Sometimes Chinese people use the term "Descendants of the Dragon" as a sign of ethnic identity, as part of a trend started in the 1970s when different Asian nationalities were looking for animal symbols for representations.The wolf was used among the Mongols, the monkey among Tibetans.

In Chinese culture today, the dragon is mostly used for decorative purposes. It is a taboo to disfigure a depiction of a dragon; for example, an advertisement campaign commissioned by Nike, which featured the American basketball player LeBron James slaying a dragon (as well as beating up an old Kung Fu master), was immediately banned by the Chinese government after public outcry over disrespect.

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