The Dragon is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac and Mongolian zodiac related to the Chinese calendar and Mongolian calendar, and the only animal that is legendary. The Year of the Dragon is associated with the earthly branch symbol ? and is considered the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac

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Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

People perform the traditional Chinese dragon dance during Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown in Mexico City January 21, 2012. The Lunar New Year begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY)

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

The leader of dragon dance performers lifts up a dragon head during the opening ceremony of a Spring Festival Temple Fair to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at Longtan Park in Beijing, January 22, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. The Longtan Temple Fair starts January 22 and continues until January 29. REUTERS/Soo Hoo Zheyang (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL)

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A performer wearing a traditional costume yawns as he prepares to march through a gate to take part in an ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune, during the opening of the temple fair at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing January 22, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

Performers wearing traditional costumes take part in a lion dance during the opening of the temple fair at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing January 22, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/David Gray

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A performer dressed as a Qing dynasty emperor prepares to pray in an ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune, during the opening of the temple fair at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing January 22, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/David Gray

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

An actor wearing traditional costume takes part in an ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune as part of the opening of the temple fair at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing January 22, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/David Gray

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

An amateur artist performs a fire show to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk January 22, 2012. The Lunar New Year begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. Picture taken on a long exposure. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

An amateur artist breathes fire during celebrations for the Chinese Lunar New Year in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk January 22, 2012. The Lunar New Year begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

Local residents prepare to ignite fireworks next to boxes and remnants of earlier ones lie scattered on the ground, as they celebrate Chinese new year in Beijing January 22, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/David Gray

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A man holds incense sticks as part of Chinese new year celebrations at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai January 22, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A man stands next to red lanterns during Chinese new year celebrations at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai January 22, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

Local residents burn incense sticks as part of Chinese new year celebrations at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai January 22, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

People rush to place joss sticks at the Guan Yin temple in Singapore January 23, 2012. Worshippers gather annually at the temple on the eve of the Lunar New Year with hopes to be the first person to offer joss sticks when the clock strikes midnight, believed to bring prosperity and luck. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A woman burns incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing January 23, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A performer dressed in traditional costume and wearing make-up prepares to take part in Chinese new year celebrations at the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in Beijing January 23, 2012. The temple is the largest of its kind in northern China for the Zhengyi school of Taoism, and was originally built by Taoist monks in the 14th century. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/David Gray

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

Performers on stilts and dressed in traditional costumes take part in Chinese new year celebrations at the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in Beijing January 23, 2012. The temple is the largest of its kind in northern China for the Zhengyi school of Taoism, and was originally built by Taoist monks in the 14th century. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/David Gray

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

Actors dressed in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) costumes take part in the heaven-worshipping ceremony, in which people pray for good harvest and fortune, to celebrate the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, January 23, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Soo Hoo Zheyang

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

People hold incense sticks as they pray during the first day of the Lunar New Year at Dharma Bhakti temple in Jakarta January 23, 2012. The Lunar New Year begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Supri

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

Performers dressed in traditional costumes and wearing make-up dance as they take part in Chinese new year celebrations at the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in Beijing January 23, 2012. The temple is the largest of its kind in northern China for the Zhengyi school of Taoism, and was originally built by Taoist monks in the 14th century. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/David Gray

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A girl lights incense sticks on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Kuala Lumpur January 23, 2012. The Lunar New Year begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

People burn incense as they pray at the Longhua Buddhist Temple on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Shanghai January 23, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A woman poses for a photograph next to a tree with red lanterns at an entrance to the temple fair in Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing January 24, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, began on January 23, and marked the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/David Gray

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A man holds a cut-out of a dragon during the Sonam Lhosar in Kathmandu January 24, 2012. Sonam Lhosar marks the New Year of the Dragon for the Tamang people, an ethnic indigenous group living in Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A cut-out of a dragon is seen during the parade to mark Sonam Lhosar in Kathmandu January 24, 2012. Sonam Lhosar marks the New Year of the Dragon for the Tamang people, an ethnic indigenous group living in Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A Tamang woman sings and dances carrying a child during the Sonam Lhosar in Kathmandu January 24, 2012. Sonam Lhosar marks the New Year of the Dragon for the Tamang people, an ethnic indigenous group living in Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A Tamang girl in traditional attire is pictured during the Sonam Lhosar in Kathmandu January 24, 2012. Sonam Lhosar marks the New Year of the Dragon for the Tamang people, an ethnic indigenous group living in Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

A Tamang girl in traditional attire is pictured during the Sonam Lhosar in Kathmandu January 24, 2012. Sonam Lhosar marks the New Year of the Dragon for the Tamang people, an ethnic indigenous group living in Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon
Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

Fireworks light up the sky over the Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Hong Kong January 24, 2012. Lunar New Year began on Monday and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Chinese New Year: The Year Of The Dragon

Fireworks light up the sky over the Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Hong Kong January 24, 2012. Lunar New Year began on Monday and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu