Gung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Year of the Tiger!

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Today, February 14th, is not just Valentine's Day, but also the first day of the Chinese or Lunar New Year - the longest and most important of all traditional Chinese Festivals.

To commemorate the new year, Chinese people clean their homes, buy and wear red clothes, hang red lanterns and scrolls and ignite firecrackers - all to ward off bad luck and keep evil spirits at bay.

Another tradition is to hang chun lian, or spring couplets, which extol happy and hopeful messages about the future. However, the most favorite, is the tradition of elders giving the younger people red envelopes, filled with money.

You can't describe a holiday without discussing the delicious food. A Chinese New Year meal is a veritable feast, where each item has a special meaning. Long uncut noodles represent a long life, while the whole chicken is a symbol of family togetherness. Dumplings (resemble ingots, an ancient Chinese currency) and spring rolls (which look like gold bars), represent wealth and prosperity.

Also, according to the Chinese Zodiac, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger, which includes anyone born in 1902,1914,1926,1938,1950,1962,1974,1986,1998 and 2010.

People born under this sign are smart, ambitious and natural born leaders. They are very friendly and take great pride in being different from others, often by accumulating exotic things. They are quite generous with their money, since they are sure they can always make more!

Eleven other animals make up the Chinese Zodiac - the first one being the rat. While there are many legends about how the lowly rodent made it to the top, this is the most popular and fun!

Many centuries ago, the Jade Emperor decided to name the years so it would be easier for people to keep track of them. To give every animal a fair shot, he organized a 'swimming' race. The cat and rat who were poor swimmers worried about how they would get across the water. They finally convinced the mighty ox to give them a ride. However, just before they reached the shore, the crafty rat pushed the cat into water, nimbly jumped off the ox's back, and was proclaimed the winner! Just shows that using a few white cells can get you ahead in any situation!

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy New Year!

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  • x_goddess_x
    x_goddess_xover 1 year
    Happy lunar new year!!
    • adroit_avimimus
      adroit_avimimusover 1 year
      Happy year of the tiger! 🐅🇨🇳
      • pastelea
        pasteleaover 2 years
        I was born when this came out in 2010 so i am a tiger! rawrr 🐯🐯🐯
        • bsc
          bscover 2 years
          I was born in the year of the tiger!
          • hiover 8 years
            i was born year of the monkey :)
            • analise
              analiseover 8 years
              I was born the year of the horse!
              • happypug12
                happypug12over 8 years
                analise, that means that u r popular, cheerful, quick to compliment others, and u r very hardworking. : )
                • nikukyu
                  nikukyuover 8 years
                  In the Japanese calendar I'm a sheep! Baaaaaaaa
                • shivi483
                  shivi483over 8 years
                  Remember who ever were born as monkeys watch out.
                  • happypug12
                    happypug12over 8 years
                    I was born in the year of the monkey, like you, nick483. : )
                    • wildpeep
                      wildpeepover 8 years
                      Hey, I was born in the year of the monkey.(how old are you happypug12?) I will turn 11 in July.
                      • peacheslarue
                        peacheslarueover 8 years
                        Cool! i was born in year of the ram also known as the goat or the sheep!
                        • frankiebaby
                          frankiebabyover 8 years
                          cool, me too!!!!
                        • happypug12
                          happypug12over 8 years
                          peacheslarue, that means u r a very good artist, u ask many questions, like nice things, and u r very wise. Cool!
                          • peacheslarue
                            peacheslarueover 8 years
                            Sweet! (and i do like nice things!) That means YOU ARE witty, intelligent and have a sparkly and magnetic personality. Traits like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness make you very naughty but very fun to be around. You are also a fast learner and a crafty opportunist. When it comes to career, monkey people do work very hard. They can adapt to different working environments. Good career choices for monkeys are accounting and banking, science, engineering, stock market trading, air traffic control, dealing, film directing, jewelry and being a sales representative! You can tell i did some research! But it was worth it! Now check this out! Its a................Bunny! (\_/) (^_^) (___)O I kno so cute xD
                  • Lien Maiover 9 years
                    tots awsome like wow dued raticle like OMG like right like cool man
                    • Julianaover 13 years
                      I am this one
                      • Julianaover 13 years
                        OMG!I finally get to know what chinese year i waz born in!!!the tiger!!!!!!I love Felines theyre so beatiful and i was born in a felines year!!!! Im probably making a big fuzz arent I?:/