Why I love being a dragon!

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Happy New Year!

No, I’m not a little slow on the uptake (despite what some would have you believe) – today marks the start of Chinese New Year.

As well as being a convenient excuse to stuff my face with prawn crackers and chow mein, this particular Chinese year resonates with me on a more powerful level. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon and, having been born in a previous dragon year (1988), this can only mean one thing: success!

The same goes for all of you born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976 and 2000. Hurrah for us!

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the coming year to a large swathe of the world’s population. In a period of population decline, the Chinese government is hoping that birth rates will increase dramatically in the coming year, thought to be the bringer of wealth, wisdom, courage and power. In 1988 and 2000, the number of babies born in Singapore spiked by 10 per cent as more couples wanted to have children born in what is widely believed to be the most powerful zodiac year. It seems my own parents may have been swayed by this thought… (yuk).

With such a landmark zodiac year ahead of me, I’ll be in Chinatown on Sunday, seeing in the new year with a little extra gusto and an extra helping of dim sum – just for good measure, you understand…

Happy Year of the Dragon!