At the end of February 14, Valentine’s Day will be over, but Chinese New Year will have just began! It’s a whole week!
This year, 2010, will be the year of the Tiger.
To celebrate both the New Year day and every 365 days in this upcoming Year of the Tiger, enjoy my free New Year greeting card. I’ve designed to to share.
Fee free to use* this E-greeting card. Click the image to download your free New Year card.
The Chinese Zodiac
The Chinese Zodiac consists of 12 animal signs; the tiger being the third. The Tiger is a sign of a courageously fiery fighter, who wards off the three threats of the ancient Chinese: thieves, fire and ghosts.
The Tiger is said to be lucky vivid, lively and engaging. Another attribute of the Tiger is his incredible bravery, evidenced in his willingness to engage in battle or his undying courage. Maybe he’s so brave because he is so lucky.
Chinese New Year
As Chinese New Year begins on the second new Moon after Winter Solstice, the official start of the year of the Tiger begins on February 13, 2010 at 6:51 PM PST.
Chinese new year is not one day but actually a full week. It will be celebrated vigorously for the first 2 days with all shops closed. However, some shops remain closed for the entire week. The New Year Week is a time to celebrate and be optimistic.
Chinese New Year in the orient is not unlike Christmas in the West. It’s a time of tradition & celebration. There will be get-togethers of family and friends with food feasts enjoyed by everyone in new outfits. There will be lots of gift giving. Everyone visits the local temple and there will be public performances and celebrations to go to as well. Loads and loads of new year cookies & sweets are shared. As well, Feng shui cures are bought to best manage the year ahead.
The Year of the Metal Tiger
What can we expect in the year of the tiger? Lots. First of all, Luck. Your individual fortune level will depend on what sign you are yourself in the Chinese Zodiac. Tiger magic is luckiest for those born in Tiger, Horse, Dog, and Pig years. Only wily Monkey is not compatible with the ways of the Tiger.
In short, tigers are lucky, which makes them so brave perhaps. This bravery will this year be combined with plenty of vigor & speed of action, lively engagement and courageous truthfulness about feelings. Expect impulsive behavior and bursts of energy. This is the year challenges will be taken on.
Mighty Tiger pounces in after a slow Ox year. Be prepared for a dynamic year of sudden opportunities and bold actions. Tiger brings drama and excitement, tempers flare, and the wildest dreams can come true. Expect roaring life experiences on grand scale. There is little restraint as brave Tiger pounces on new endeavors.
Another dimension of Chinese horoscopes is the influence of the Taoist elements of metal, water, wood, fire, and earth. 2010 is the year of the metal Tiger. It is this metal-element that gives the Tiger its sharpness in action and speed of thought.
Metal’s color is white. According to legend, tigers live one thousand years. Half way through life at age five hundred, they turn white. Tiger is a powerful animal totem to contact in the shamanic realm to assist in banishment and purification.
Plan to throw a big celebration to welcome the year of the white Tiger.
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