2012 is the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac. In the Thai Zodiac, the Dragon is often replaced by a Naga. The Year of the Dragon and the Chinese New Year will commence on the 23rd January 2012 and will be influenced by the Element “Water”.
Water Dragons are usually extremely lucky people and are often calm like the water in a lake but, just as in Nature, sometimes this calmness can become turbulent and the Water Dragon will become excited and unpredictable. Water Dragons are perhaps the most likely people to contribute greatly to mankind’s well being. In love, Water Dragons find themselves very attractive and desirable and will have no problem finding a suitable partner. When a Water Dragon is at work or entering on some new project, he will give 100% with no holding back.
In the Buddhist countries of South East Asia, including Thailand, the Naga is a mythical monster looking like a giant snake. Nagas can have either a single head or many heads and can be seen guarding the staircases of many Thai Temples. Allegedly, Nagas are believed to be still living in the Mekong River and the people mill make frequent offerings to ensure their safety on the river.
In the Harry Potter book series, the pet snake of Voldemort is a Naga.
People born in the Year of the Dragon are compatible with Rats, Snakes, Monkeys and the Rooster. The least compatible are those born in the Year of the Dog.
Famous people born in the Year of the Dragon include;
Bruce Lee, Fats Domino, Diana Krall, John Lennon, Nicolas Cage, Sandra Bullock, Russell Crowe, Raquel Welch, Matt Dillon, Keanu Reeves, Salvidor Dali, Shirley Temple, Abraham Lincoln, Deng Ziaoping, Andy Warhol, Hermann Goering, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Orlando Bloom, Placido Domingo, Pele and Charles Darwin.
In Thailand, the temple associated with the Year of the Dragon is Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai