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Chinese New Year 2012 – Year of Dragon

January 1st, 2012 by The Tour Planners - Admin

As the chinese new year falls on a different date every year, the question on everybody’s mind is When is Chinese New Year 2012?

Chinese lunar New Year is commonly known as Chinese New Year or spring festival. This is an important annual festival celebrated by Chinese round the globe. The festival is based on Chinese calendar and starts on the first month (as per the Chinese calendar) and ends on the fifteenth day of the first month. Chinese new year 2012 will be celebrated on 23rd of January and is the year of Dragon, the most auspicious animal as per the Chinese zodiac. This new year features contemporary and traditional Chinese cultural activities, dances, festivities, singing, Chinese opera, arts and crafts, karaoke competition, innumerable stalls of culinary delights, lion dances, chess competitions, children’s events, calligraphy, dragon parades to name a few.

The Chinese New Year festival is open to all, irrespective of age barriers. They key here is to explore the rich Chinese cultural heritage by being a part of it. In present years, the festival has turned out to be one of the most celebrated festivals. Most countries declare an official holiday on Chinese New Year and year 2012 is not an exception as well. Lunar New Year is known as Tet Nguyen Dan in Vietnam, Setsubun in Japan and Korean New Year in South Korea. The Chinese New Year forms a great annual event in the Chinese communities. You will find families and friends gathering for reunion dinner and markets buzzed with activities.

Chinese New Year is celebrated round the globe including countries like Singapore, Indonesia, Mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Festivities also take place in different countries with major Chinese ethnic populations. Though Chinese New Year is celebrated with pomp and glory in Japan, Cambodia and Philippines, yet it’s not a public holiday here.

Chinese New Year is complete when accompanied with Chinese New Year Songs which convey the meaning of good luck, and blessings.

Holding the fifth rank in the cycle, year of dragon follows the rabbit and comes after a regular interval of twelve years. The Chinese New Year doesn’t fall on any particular date; hence it is necessary to go through the calendar so as to come up with the accurate date on which the year of the dragon actually falls.

People grouped under the dragon years or more simply people born in the year of the dragon exhibit characteristics like-

  • * Enterprising
  • * Innovative
  • * Self-assured
  • * Flexible
  • * Passionate
  • * Brave
  • * Unanticipated
  • * Scrutinizing
  • * Generous
  • * Charismatic
  • * Free spirited
  • * Smart and witty
  • * Original

However, they possess a couple of negative characteristics as well. For instance, they crave for attention and are egoistical by nature. They aren’t modest and have a bossy temperament. Their general tendency is to dominate others. They detest solicit advice and may be insensitive and tactless to their partners.


Dragons are blessed with good health. The only thing that bothers them is stressful situations. At work, dragons are pretty imaginative and prefer taking a radical approach towards their work.


Dragons share similar kind of objectives as well as goals in life. The best suited occupations on their part are as follows-

  • * Inventors
  • * Computer analysts
  • * Campaigners
  • * Architects
  • * Engineers
  • * Philosophers
  • * Lawyers
  • * Brokers
  • * Advertising agents
  • * Psychoanalysts
  • * Salepeople
  • * PR People
  • * Managers
  • * Officers in the armed forces
  • * Politicians

As dragons are born under the same animal symbol, they often share similar likes and dislikes. Some of the likes and dislikes are as follows-


  • * Preferred color: Greenish-Blue
  • Gems and Stones: Sapphire, Opal, Amber
  • Preferred Gifts: Tarot cards, mirror, camera, a family crest, cell phone
  • Pastimes and Hobbies: Computer programming, fossil hunting, public speaking, astrology





  •    * Taking orders
  •    * Lethargic people
  •    * discounted ideas
  •    * redundant bureaucracy

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