2012 is the year of the Dragon in the Chinese calender, and because dragons are awesome, here are the 10 most downloaded apps for Chinese New Year. As in Western cultures, the Chinese celebrate new years in a traditional way with red envelope gifts and visits to relatives. This year, many new year's revelers celebrate with fireworks, eating foods thought to bring good health and good luck, and even traditional dancers. January 23 is the first day of a fifteen day celebration for Chinese New Year's, often referred to in the West as Lunar New Year's.
In San Francisco, home to one of the largest and most vibrant Chinese neighborhoods in the U.S., the Chinese New Year Parade won't kick off until Feb. 11. There are plenty of cultural events leading up to the parade of course, and Chinatown neighborhoods around the country will enjoy a two-week celebration of fireworks, blessings and feasts. If you're feeling culturally curious, or if you're celebrating with your friends and family, start the slideshow to see the 10 most downloaded apps for Chinese New Year. This list includes apps for Android, iOS and BlackBerry phones and PlayBook. Tell us in the comments if you're planning on blowing up some fireworks or if you were born in the year of the dragon.