I find it very appropriate that 2012 heralds in the Year of the Dragon. With all of the hype of 2012, on whether or not the Mayans had it right and the world will end, or if we are ushering in a new Age of Enlightenment as the spiritual world proclaims; either way, we need a strong presence to be associated with 2012. The dragon is a symbol of power, protection, and wisdom, and in the Chinese culture they are revered.
I was born in the Year of the Boar, or Pig. Either way that you say it, it doesn’t sound very majestic or flattering in the least. I mean, they left out the cat for the pig? Really? I feel a bit ripped-off as I have loved dragons since I was a child. But I guess that was what the universe chose for me (no offense to pig lovers).
And today I can’t help but to think about my friend Marquis who moved to China last summer to study abroad; I wonder what occurs in China on the New Year? I picture fireworks, celebrations, and tons of fun happenings. Hmmm…could this be a picture book in the making?
So of course I had to illustrate my own version of a Chinese Dragon ringing in the new year! Here’s hoping that 2012 brings in peace, happiness, & prosperity for all!
Here’s a link to an article and some great pics of the celebrations! Roar!