Oriental definitely has some eventful celebrations, but perhaps the most famous of Oriental’s celebrations is the annual Running of the Dragon held every New Year’s Eve.  True to it’s namesake, Oriental boasts a forty foot Chinese dragon that comes out of hibernation each New Year’s Eve just after dark to run through the streets of Oriental, flashing it’s fangs and being chased by locals, visitors, and children (of all ages) who bang on pots and pans to chase away any evil spirits. Legend has it that the dragon was first sighted in the sixties and to touch the dragon means good luck for you in the coming year!