Happy New Year of the Dragon

The Chinese lunisolar year for 2012 is the year of the dragon or "Lóng nián". The New year day for this dragon year falls on January 23 2012. The Chinese new year is referred by the Chinese as Agriculture Calender New Year or "Nóng rìlì xīnnián" to differentiate it from the international new year day of the Gregorian calendar.

The Chinese dragon or the "Lóng" is a very differently beast from the dragon of the western culture.  To the westerners,  dragon is considered an evil monster that terrorized human kind, therefore should be sought out and slain.

"Lóng" - the Chinese dragon, on the other hand,  is regarded as a divine beast that possessed supernatural power and a symbol of supreme authority. The Chinese dragon is also believed to command sound judgement, positiveness and good fortune. The auspicious Lóng is a colourful beast unlike the western dragon which is mostly black or grey. The  Chinese dragon can be in any of these colours - golden, red, orange, yellow, green, black and white.

Dragon at the Pavilion KL dragon bazaar
The pavilion dragon at the centre court bazaar breathing good fortune to the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. -- Camera: Olympus Pen Lite E-PL2, Lens: 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 II MSC. at 42mm 1/100s f/5.6 ISO500

The dragon year is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity. Naturally for the dragon year decorations most shopping malls will beautify their main entrance and concourse area with some kind of dragon replica or dragon figurine.

The Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, one of the leading shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, never skimp on costs when comes to beautifying their mall for any festivals. For this dragon year decoration they have put up a magnificent 180-meter (600-foot) long dragon replica in their centre court bazaar.

Dragon head of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Close up head shot of the 180-meter long dragon replica at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. -- Camera: Olympus Pen E-P1, Lens:M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 ED MSC, at 62mm 1/30s f/4.5 ISO 200

The Pavilion dragon is already attracting lots of visitors to the mall and it will be there till the end of January 2012.  Business wise the dragon certainly seems to be bringing good fortune for Pavilion mall and their tenants.   Will the shoppers be equally blessed with luck and good fortune?  We can't foretell but one thing we noticed during our visit there was shoppers were certainly filled with amazement, fascination, disbelief and laughters.

Dragon at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur 2012
Visitors to the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur during the month of January 2012 are greeted by this 180-meter long dragon replica at the centre court of the malls. -- Camera: Olympus Pen E-P1, Lens: M.Zuiko 17mm F/2.8 at 1/125s f/4.0 ISO 200

Happy dragon year
This dragon at Pavilion Mall Kuala Lumpur is for the 2012 Chinese New Year celebration.  The dragon sure looks happy and upbeat about a better year ahead.  -- Camera: Olympus Pen Lite E-PL2, Lens: M.Zuiko 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 II MSC at 34mm 1/80s f/9.0 ISO 1250

Dragon Year 2012
This 180-meter long  dragon replica looked agile and alive when viewed from this low angle position.   -- Camera: Olympus Pen Lite E-PL2 Lens: M,Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 II MSC at 15mm 1/80s F/9.0 ISO640

We wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous 2012 and may the dragon year brings you good fortune and great health.

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