On February 14, 2010 Chinese New Year began. It is
a holiday celebrating a new year according to the
LUNAR calendar. The calendar tracks the phases of
Some say this holiday is a combination (due to the
similiarity) of our Thanksgiving--eating symbolic
foods, Christmas--giving of gifts and New Years--
celebrating. It is a Spring festival that usually lasts
around 15 days.
On the first day--an ancient custom called Hong Bao
takes place. Families give their children and unmarried
adults money in red envelopes. The end of the new
year is marked with the Festival of Lanterns. A
celebration involving singing, dancing and lantern shows.
The Chinese Zodiac:
Folklore states that The Jade Emperor in Heaven
invited the animals to a race to decide the order of
the zodiac. The RAT hitched a ride on the OX, as
the Ox got close to the finish line the Rat jumped
off the Ox and WON the race! Making him the first
animal in this zodiac.
So the order goes like this: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit,
Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog,
Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998,
Character Traits: Caring, thoughtful, courageous,
rebellious against authority, makes hasty decisions.
Compatible with: Horse, Dragon and Dog
Famous "Tigers": Jodie Foster, Tom Cruise, Jonas
Salk, and Alanis Morisette.
Are you a Tiger? I am. :)
~Keep on Dreaming~