Photo credit: Neshan H. Naltchayan
“The Year of the Dragon has always ushered in excitement and exhilaration,” said General Manager of The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Amanda Hyndman. “To have a contest to name the dragon brings those characteristics to the forefront, engages our guests, and allows us to celebrate our Oriental heritage in a fun and unique way.” The celebration was spectacular!
2012: The Year of the Dragon
Chinese New Year is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to eliminate any negative chi from the past. This fourteen day celebration is very symbolic, and steeped in many traditions, including dedicating each year 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, and while 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, was characterized by calm and tranquility, the Year of the Dragon will be marked by excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity. (Courtesy of The Mandarin Hotel)
The first day of the 2012 Chinese New Year is on January 23, 2012 in China's time zone.
The Year 2012 is the 4709th Chinese year.
2012 is the Year of the Dragon - Black or Water, your call.
They say that Dragon has nine sons - hopefully not from the same woman.
The nine dragon have different themes, and they all have different versions too. One version is: (Source - Chinese Fortune Calendar)
Exhausting - so let's have some fun and enter the party.