Chinese New Year (2024)
Designed for the Year of the Dragon in 2012, this tartan by Carol A.L. Martin utilizes the particularly auspicious color of the red dragon. In Eastern cultures, dragons symbolized autumn and the west. They were thought to cause storms when they battled in the sky.
In the Chinese zodiac, the Dragon is the fifth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Everyone expected the powerful Dragon to arrive early on. However, he came after Rat, Ox, Tiger and Rabbit. When asked why he was so late, Dragon said that on the way, he saw a village suffering from drought. He had to stop and create rain for them. The Jade Emperor was happy when he heard of this noble deed and gave him the fifth position.
The Dragon is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) chén (辰) and the hours 7–9 in the morning. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Dragon is yang.
Dragons are the most revered animal in Chinese culture. They call themselves the descendants of the dragon. In the past, emperors were seen as the reincarnation of dragons.
The next year of the dragon will be 2024 and 2036.
For more on the dragon in the Chinese zodiac, click the dragon!