According to the Chinese zodiac calendar the New Year falls on January 23 when the Year of the Dragon begins. The dragon, the only animal of the Chinese zodiac year that is not real, is a creature of special significance for Chinese people. The dragon has been seen as a powerful almighty king because it was made up of different parts of animals such as tiger, fish, snake and eagle. In the Orient the dragon was not seen as a threatening evil being as in the West but rather a symbol of power, superiority and rule. Today it is a really good omen symbolising success and happiness. The keywords of the people born in the year of the dragon are idealism, perfectionism, enterprise, passion, self-confidence and they demand attention and respect. One has to be cautious with dragon people in order not to infuriate them because the dragon spits fire. At the same time they are soft and sensitive. The Year of the Dragon is one of the most popular ones in the Chinese calendar and usually the birth rate increases that year because many parents want to have children born under the sign of the dragon.