This week the Chinese community parties hard to celebrate its Lunar New Year. The Chinese New Year is spread out over a 15-day period and the Houston version is jam packed with traditional merriment. Two thousand twelve marks the year of the Dragon, which is said to be one of the most fortunate years. Yahoo! Maybe the Dragon can bring some of that good luck to the country's employment rate.
The Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and counts years in phases of a 60-year period. Each year is marked by one of 12 animals or zodiac symbols. There are various stories of how the 12 signs originated, but like other astrological stories, nothing can be 100 percent confirmed. Remember, we are talking about astrology here.
We love astrology and convince ourselves anytime we read our horoscopes that, "Oh my God, this is so totally true! I am like that." The Chinese symbols are a bit different from your standard zodiac fare. Each animal has its own personality traits and if you are born under that sign, you may have some of those characteristics yourself.
How accurate are the Chinese zodiac signs? We've paired each animal up to a corresponding celebrity to see if there is a match. You see for yourself.