On Saturday 21st the Chinese Ambassador H.E. Zhang Zhiliang launched the Chinese New Year opening ceremony at the Doha Marriott Hotel.The 2012 festivities will take place from the 23rd of January to the 2nd February at the Asia Live! Restaurant.

The Doha Marriott are proud of presenting a wide range of cultures and culinary traditions; “It is truly an honour for us to join such an important celebration as the Chinese New Year, and His Excellency’s presence makes it even more special,” said Hossein Garan, General Manager of the Doha Marriott.

2012 is the 4710th New Year in Chine and according to the Chinese zodiac calendar is the Year of the Dragon, which symbolises power, good luck, success and happiness.

Check out which animal you are on the Chinese zodiac below!