Chinese New Year

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Happy Chinese New Year, everyone!

When I was younger, I thought of Chinese New Year more as “red envelope time!”, because my parents’ friends would give me red envelopes containing money as part of the New Year celebrations.

So I thought a picture of a red envelope would be a fitting accompaniment to this post!

It’s the Year of the Tiger. Were you born in the Year of the Tiger?

From Wikipedia:

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the “Year Of The Tiger,” while also bearing the following elemental sign:

  • 8 February 1902 – 28 January 1903: Water Tiger
  • 26 January 1914 – 13 February 1915: Wood Tiger
  • 13 February 1926 – 1 February 1927: Fire Tiger
  • 31 January 1938 – 18 February 1939: Earth Tiger
  • 17 February 1950 – 5 February 1951: Metal Tiger
  • 5 February 1962 – 24 January 1963: Water Tiger
  • 23 January 1974 – 10 February 1975: Wood Tiger
  • 9 February 1986 – 28 January 1987: Fire Tiger
  • 28 January 1998 – 15 February 1999: Earth Tiger
  • 15 February 2010 – 2 February 2011: Metal Tiger

I was born in the Year of the Dragon. Coincidentally, I’m also a Leo. You’d think I’d be very dramatic and assertive, having been born with such auspicious signs, but I’m not. I’ve always wondered about that.

To celebrate the New Year, we’re headed out to meet up with my sister and her family, and my mom – we’ll be celebrating with Buddhist vegetarian food and then we’ll spend some of the evening walking around Toronto’s Chinatown.

It’s Valentine’s Day, too, of course, so happy Valentine’s Day to everyone as well!

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14 thoughts on “Chinese New Year

  1. Dorte H

    No, I am certainly not a tiger!

    But happy New Year and Valentine´s Day to you! We do not celebrate Valentine´s Day, but today (or tomorrow) Shrovetide begins so children will dress up and beg for money or candy.
    .-= Dorte H´s last blog ..Awards! =-.

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  2. Jemi Fraser

    I’m a tiger and a Leo – kind of an odd combination :) Although I think I’ve always shown more signs of a Cancer than a Leo – comes from being born on the cusp I guess!

    Enjoy the day – sounds like a lot of fun!
    .-= Jemi Fraser´s last blog ..Tragedy & Hope =-.

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  3. Audrey/brizmus

    Happy Chinese New Year, and Happy Valentine’s Day!! :-) I’m also a Leo – go Leos! Although, like you, I’m not that outgoing and assertive.
    If I’m not mistaken, I was born in the year of the dog.
    .-= Audrey/brizmus´s last blog ..IMM (9) =-.

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  4. Steve

    I do not claim to know anything about Chinese astrology but since I was born in the Year Of The Boar (1971) and my elemental is metal, I guess I ought to go by the nickname, Iron Pig. There’s a book or short story in there. Ironically, metal chops wood. Ya, no kidding!
    .-= Steve´s last blog ..Night Series =-.

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