Year of the Tiger – 2010

Chinese New Year – Year of the Tiger begins  Jan. 14th, 2010tiger image

In the Chinese calendar, it is the year 4708. The Chinese (Lunar, based on moon cycles) New Year of 2010, begins January 14th, the date based on a luni-solar calendar (as opposed to Gregorian). When the Buddha invited all animals to meet him on Chinese New Year, only twelve responded. In gratitude and honor, the Buddha then named a year after each animal that sat quietly with him.

2010 is the Chinese Year of the Tiger.  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 12 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!

Lantern Festival

There are fifteen days of celebration in the Chinese New Year, each day set aside for different foods and rituals. The Chinese New Year officially begins when the Full Moon is seen in the sky, fifteen days after the first day of the New Year celebrations. This is celebrated with Dragon dances and the Chinese (Full Moon) Lantern Festival (originating from Han Dynasty, 206 BC – 221 AD).

In traditional Chinese Lantern Festivals there are puzzles to be solved on the lanterns while eating sweet rice balls (yuan xiao). Lantern Festivals are also associated with the god of Taoism, whose birthday falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month. His name is Tianguan and he bestows prosperity and good fortune, especially if he is well entertained. Lanterns symbolized hope and good luck. The Lantern Festival, considered a joyful affair with family and friends, is also a festival of high art and culture. It’s time to prepare for a Lantern Festival party.

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