Chinese New Year – 2012 is the Year of the Dragon
In Chinese tradition, each year is dedicated to a specific animal. The Dragon, Horse, Monkey, Rat, Boar, Rabbit, Dog, Rooster, Ox, Tiger, Snake, and Ram are the twelve animals that are part of this tradition. In 2012, the Dragon is welcomed back after the 2011 year of the Rabbit. Each of these animals are thought to bestow their characteristics to the people born in their year. January 23rd was the start of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon.
As is the Gilbert tradition, our Chinese New Year Celebration was held at Shangri-la. The food was fabulous and members Tony Kao and Pu Chen provided an interesting history of the Year of the Dragon stating the 2012 is considered a special Year of the Dragon since every 60 years they celebrate the Year of the Golden Dragon. This year has special significance in the Chinese culture and is since it is considered a very lucky year many marriages and births will take place.