I am fascinated by star signs and zodiacs, as regular readers will probably realise. According to legend, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. The mythical dragon represents power and the fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese believe that there is a balance between heaven and earth in the life of people born in the year of the dragon, and that this is the luckiest year to have a child. Those born in dragon years are innovative, brave, and passionate. Famous Dragons include artist Salvador Dali, singer John Lennon and actor Bruce Lee.
This year will be seen by nationals of the world’s fastest growing economy as an auspicious symbol, which signifies success and happiness. Marriage and babies are on the cards. Chinese women proudly show off their dragon baby bumps, their families equally excited; private hospitals in Singapore are gearing up for an expected Dragon baby boom (and I know several mums-to-be who are worried they might not get a hospital room), as many Chinese parents believe that dragon babies will excel – damn, perhaps I should have waited; the number of chinese marriages is set to increase; and even casino operators are preparing for a bumper year in gambling too.
Are you lucky enough to be having a Dragon baby?