According to the Chinese Lunar calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon; specifically the black water dragon. (drawing from artoftheanimation, Ian Kim)
Although, the dragon is the only mythological creature in the Chinese lunar calendar, there are real water dragons. Here is an example: (photo from ecoterrariumsupply.com)
I celebrated by eating egg foo yung and lo mien noodles. Delicious!