Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival) is based on the Chinese calendar, which is a complex combination of solar and lunar calendars. During the 15-day celebration, people make a fresh start and set the tone for the upcoming year. It is a time of reconciliation to make peace and forgive old grudges.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, which begins on January 23rd. The Dragon is the fifth sign of the 12 animal signs in the Chinese Zodiac. In ancient China, the Dragon represented earthly power and glory. Today, it is an auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness. This 15-day celebration ends with the Lantern Festival.