Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Countdown to...

The Year of Tiger!
Chinese is one of very few races that my children were born into, but our goddaughter, Taleisha and her family, who are very very special to us, are Chinese, and so it was very important to Emma especially, that we celebrate Chinese New Year every year. And we have. :)

The year of the Tiger is this year's animal, and many of you may be born in a "Tiger year" along with my baby brother, Erich.
The official start date of the new year is February 4th, 2010. Just around the corner!
Are you a "tiger"? Find out more about yourself, according to Chinese lore...
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Birth Years:

1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Characteristics:
•Short-tempered
•Suspicious
•Adventurous
•Sensitive
•Emotional
•Risk-taking

Compatible With:
Horses (ME!), Dogs (My sister, Gretchen!)

Avoid:
Monkeys

Good Career Choices:
•Boss
•Explorer (Dora??)
•Race-car driver

Famous Tigers:
Sun Yat Sen, Queen Elizabeth II, Emily Dickinson, Isadora Duncan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Marilyn Monroe, Marco Polo, Beatrix Potter, Karl Marx, Ludwig van Beethoven
I also found this tidbit of Chinese New Year Information that I found particularly funny. It gives "Picture the whole audience in their underware" a whole new picture...

If you’ve been inside a department store in China from December to February, you might be wondering what the strange winter fashion surrounding red underwear is. Most prominent in the men’s section, red underwear is one of the most popular gifts for sweethearts to exchange around Chinese New Year.
So, this winter’s fashion it is not. Every winter, red underwear decorated with gold embroidery usually illustrating the pertinent zodiac animal go on sale in China’s stores.
For those turning 12, 24, 36 etc. (the Chinese Zodiac uses a cycle of 12), termed benming nian, or the meeting of one’s zodiac year, traditional Chinese belief is that it can be an unlucky year. To ward off any dangers that might befall you in your benming nian, it helps to wear red. Red is one of the luckiest colors in Chinese traditions, standing for loyalty, success and happiness.
If you’re really traditional, you should wear red every day, all year long. If you’re not a big fan of the color red in your outer wardrobe, red underwear is an easy way to protect yourself against the hazards of benming nian. Better ask your sweetheart for more than one pair!
Hmm. Perhaps I'd better find my brother a pair of fancy red & gold undies...




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