2012 is the Year of the Dragon and according to Feng Shui elements, it will be a water dragon which comes once every 60 years! It's noted for its calm, visionary intelligence, and balance of right brain creativity with left brain logic. Known for its potent and benevolent powers in Chinese mythology, dragons are seen as majestic, wise and intelligent creatures.
The mythical celestial dragon were featured prominently in the gala’s décor, performance and menu which played off the contrasts in this year's theme - fire & water, air & water.
After the grand reception, the ceremony began with the grand procession followed by the National Anthem. Master of Ceremonies Roger Petersen and Melanie Ng called forth the energetic and powerful 60-foot "Glowing" water dragon on center stage for the opening performance. There were musical entertainment through out the whole night by an all-female string quartet, deVah, who took an adventurous and playful approach to classical as well as rock music, Jasleen Jalbay, a Canadian songstress with a powerful voice performed a wide range of well known hits, from musicals and pop, and Rouge River Band that played dance music from the 40s to the 90s.