Chinese New Year is an annual festival based on the Chinese calendar. The date varies slightly from year to year. This year, it will be celebrated on 23rd January. Each New Year is named after one of the animals from the Chinese zodiac. 2012 is the year of the dragon, the only mythical animal.
Dragons have been a part of Chinese culture for over six thousand years. For the Chinese,dragons are good creatures. Chinese dragons are wise and caring and have magicalpowers. As they are considered a symbol of power, strength, success, luck and honour, theyhave also represented the imperial power of the emperors. Also, the Chinese believe thatthey are descendants of the dragon.