The Year of Dragon 2012 - the symbol of dragon in Chinese culture

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!!!!

According to the Chinese zodiac, the Year of 2012 is the Year of Dragon which will start on January 23, 2012 and end on February 9, 2013. Dragon is the fifth sign in the Chinese Zodiac, and it is the most revered animal among the 12 animals of Chinese Zodiac.

Today we can't see the mythical and legend dragon in real life, still we can read them from ancient literature and admire them in paintings, sculptures and carvings . If you took some time observing the dragon in the painting, you will know that the Chinese dragon looks like a combination of many animals -- a reptile, a snake, an alligator, and a lizard. Today, there is one kind of dragon we sometimes heard -- beard dragon -- a type of lizard. However that little reptile creature is definitely not the magnificent dragon in Chinese people's eyes and minds. The creation of dragon is a grand rendition of Chinese people authentic imaginationary combination ......

You are welcome to read my full post at

http://www.chinesetolearn.com/?p=2640

 

Mind sharing some animal symbols that have special meaning in your culture?

 

農曆新年傳統舞龍、舞獅 25022007

Let's conclude the dragon post with the song -- (龙的传人 long2 de5 chuan2 ren2)

For lyrics, pinyin, and English translation, see http://www.chinesetolearn.com/?p=572

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Hey Brandon,

Thank you for fixing the copy and paste problem, now it looks neater:) Happy Dragon Year to you all.

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