The Chinese New Year
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The Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is different to the Western World as it starts on the day of the Second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. 2012 is the year 4709 by the Chinese calendar and starts on 23rd January, it is the Year of the Water Dragon.

To the Western World January 1st is the start of a New Year every year, but the date of the Chinese New Year fluctuates as it traditionally starts on the day of the Second New Moon after the Winter Solstice.

In China it is known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the Chinese name (Pinyin:chun Jie) owing to the difference between the Western and the traditional Chinese methods for computing the season and it marks the end of the Winter Season.

2011 was the Year of the Rabbit and began on February 3rd 2011, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon and starts on January 23rd 2012. The Chinese calendar has been in continuous use for centuries and 2012 is Year 4709 by this calendar which is based on the astronomical observations of the movements of the sun, moon and stars.

The Chinese days are measured by the duration of time of one self-rotation of the eearth, months are measured by thye duration of time of the rotation of the moon and the earth and years are measured by the duration of the time it takes for the earth to rotate round the sun..

The Year of the Dragon is the 5th in the cycle and Dragon Years follow the rabbit and re-occur every 12th year. Dragon years occurres in 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 and 2000.

The key to the Dragon personality is that they are the free spirits of the zodiac, conformation is a Dragon's curse and rules and regulations are made for other people. Restrictions blow out the creative spark that is ready to flame in their life, Dragons must be free and uninhibited.

The Dragon is a beautiful creature, flamboyant, and extrovert bundle of energy, gifted and impressionable and everything they do is on a grand scale, big ideas, ornate gestures, extremely ambitious. Anyone born in the year of the Dragon is confident, fearless in the face of challenge and almost inevitably successful in all they do and destined to reach the top of their career.

The drawback is so much enthusiasm can leave them tired and unfulfilled and even though they are willing to help out when necessary their pride will stop them from accepting help from others.

There are five different types of Dragon in the Chinese Calendar

  1. Metal  1940 and 2000
  2. Water  1952 and 2012
  3. Wood  1904 and 1964
  4. Fire     1916 and 1976
  5. Earth   1928 and 1988

2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon. Water has a calming effect on the Dragon's fearless temperament and allows it to re-direct the enthusiasm and become more perceptive to others. Dragons born in the Year of the Water Dragon are better equipped to take a step back and re-evaluate the situation because they understand the art of patience and do not desire the spotlight like other dragons.

They make smart decisions and are able to see eye-to-eye with other people. But their actions can go wrong if they do not do their research or finish one project before starting another.

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Very informative and well-written article. Great information! Thanks for posting

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