Rat, Buffalo, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. (2006 is the year of the Dog, by the way!)
You can sumbit your icons based (however loosely you wish) on one of these twelve. I realise this is a bit tricky so if you want to make the links as obscure as possible, feel free but everyone should be able to come up with something for 'Snake'! But have fun, like I said I'm really looking forward to seeing what you can come up with!
Submit your icons to this post by Friday, 4th January (6pm GMT). Good luck!