The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. This year it fell on January 23rd.  The New Year is steeped in ancient history and tradition. According to Chinese time keeping the year 2012 is their 4,709th year! Each year corresponds to a different animal; it could be a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, chicken, dog, or pig year. The year 2012 is a dragon year. China is expecting an influx of babies born this year as parents hope to have a kid during the lucky dragon year. So what if you’re planning on giving birth to a little dragon this year? Here are some things that could mean for you.

The dragon is considered the most fortunate of the 12 zodiac signs. The last time we celebrated a Year of the Dragon was in 2000.  The dragon is a free spirit and doesn’t like to conform. Be prepared to raise an independent child! Dragons also like to go big. Everything they do is on a grand scale from ideas to gestures. But they aren’t trying to show-off, it’s just part of their personality. Dragons are considered successful because they aren’t afraid of a challenge and have a lot of confidence. Many Chinese parents hope to have a dragon baby so he or she will be successful later in life. Dragons are always willing to help others but have a hard time asking for help themselves. You might notice that as your dragon baby grows and explores. Dragons are also considered lucky. Imagine what your baby can accomplish with such ambitious traits!

You might not need to worry about your baby catching a cold from school because people born during the Year of the Dragon are supposed to have good health. But their ambitious natures can get the better of them and wear them out. At home your baby will be full of imagination and creativity. It sounds like there will never be a dull moment with a dragon baby! Does your baby not get along with someone at daycare? It could be because that baby was born during the Year of the Dog. Dragons and dogs don’t get along but your baby will make fast friends with those born during the Year of the Rat or Monkey.

Wishing you health and happiness as you raise your dragon baby!