Do Dragon babies really bring good luck?
According to fengshui master Jo Ching, the dragon is seen as an emblem of prosperity and fortune, and many believe that having a dragon baby will bring good luck to the family.
This has led to a baby boom every dragon year. KK Women's and Children's Hospital say they expect to see an 8 percent increase in deliveries this year, up from 16,000 deliveries in the last dragon year in 2000.
Gleneagles Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Parkway East Hospital also cited a possible 5 to 15 per cent rise in the number of deliveries, from the average of 1,800 to 3,000 babies a year.
In addition, being born in the Dragon year does not automatically guarantee that the baby will enjoy good luck, said master Jo Ching.
Certain dates bode autism
"In terms of luck calculation, Chinese astrologers like us will actually need to look at the date of the birth, as well as the time of the birth," he said.
Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Sciences (MINGS) founder Prof David Koh said every animal had its good and bad points, The Star Malaysia reported.
“Not all Dragon babies are successful in life. It mainly depends on their date of birth,” he said.
For this year, from the first month to the fifth month and the 11th month of the Chinese calendar are considered good months for giving birth.
However, children born on certain dates are prone to autism.
The dates are March 22, 23, 28 and 29; April 1, 2, 7, 8, 11, 12, 17, 18, 21-28; May 1, 2, 7, 8, 11, 12, 17, 18, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 31.
Other dates which are not so good are June 1, 6, 7, 10, 11, 16 and 17; Oct 22 and 23; Nov 1, 2, 11, 12, 21 and 22; Dec 1, 2, 11 and 12.