Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hapy Year of the Tiger!

Millions of Chinese all over the world celebrate Chinese New Year on the 14th of February. This year is the Year of  the Tiger. This holiday is also known as the Spring Festival. It is the beginning of the year 4707 according to the ancient Chinese calendar. (Some calendars mark it as 4708). The New Year always begins on a New Moon which this year falls on the Day of Love, the 14th of February. 

For those who forgot to make their New Year's resolutions here is another chance.

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday for the Chinese people and it gives the families the opportunity to gather around sumptuous banquet and to exchange gifts. An obligatory visit to the local Taoist or b Buddhist temple is made to place offerings to the gods or to the Buddha. Fruit and incense are offered and countless prayers said.

Geomancers and fortune tellers all over Asia and in the Chinese communities elsewhere, are busy to compile horoscopes and predict the future. Here is what this year might bring us: 

"Drama, intensity, change and travel will be the keywords for 2010. Unfortunately, world conflicts and disasters tend to feature during Tiger years also, so it won’t be a dull twelve months for anyone. The Year of the Tiger will bring far reaching changes for everyone. New inventions and incredible technological advances have a good chance of occurring. For all of the Chinese horoscope signs, this year is one to be active – seizing opportunities and making the most of our personal and very individual talents. Everything happens quickly and dramatically in a Tiger year – blink and you could miss an important chance of a lifetime!"

Wishing everyone Happy and Auspicious Chinese New Year - Dominique
新 年 快 樂 !