Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chinese new YEAR of the TIGER

February 14, 2010 marks the beginning of a new Chinese year: this year we have the year of the TIGER.

According to CNN:
"Tigers could become extinct in the wild in less than a generation, the World Wildlife Fund warned Wednesday as it launched a campaign to save them.

The number of tigers in the wild has dwindled to 3,200 -- less than the number held in captivity in the United States alone, the campaigners said.

'There is a real threat of losing this magnificent animal forever in our lifetime,' said Sybille Klenzendorf, director of the WWF-US species conservation program. 'This would be like losing the stars in the sky.

'Three tiger subspecies have gone extinct, and another, the South China tiger, has not been seen in the wild in 25 years,' she told reporters."

According to WWF, there are more tigers in zoos than in the wild. Please visit the wwf website to find out more about this.

I was born in another year of the tiger, 1962, and I'm feeling extinct. To the rest of you Tigers out there hope you'll take note that our namesakes could use some help.

According to wikipedia these are the animals in the Chinese New Year.

Animal Branch New Year dates
Rat 子 Zǐ February 19, 1996 February 7, 2008
Ox 丑 Chǒu February 7, 1997 January 26, 2009
Tiger 寅 Yín January 28, 1998 February 14, 2010
Rabbit 卯 Mǎo February 16, 1999 February 3, 2011
Dragon 辰 Chén February 5, 2000 January 23, 2012
Snake 巳 Sì January 24, 2001 February 10, 2013
Horse 午 Wǔ February 12, 2002 January 31, 2014
Sheep 未 Wèi February 1, 2003 February 19, 2015
Monkey 申 Shēn January 22, 2004 February 8, 2016
Rooster 酉 Yǒu February 9, 2005 January 28, 2017
Dog 戌 Xū January 29, 2006 February 16, 2018
Pig 亥 Hài February 18, 2007 February 5, 2019

The Tiger ( ), is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Tiger is associated with the earthly branch symbol .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
  • 14 February 2010 - 2 February 2011: Metal Tiger
The following information is from
People that are born in the Year of the Tiger are generally well liked because of their charismatic personalities. Often, failing at a given duty or being unproductive in his personal or professional life can cause a Tiger to experience a deep sense of depression. A Tiger is always at their happiest when they endeavor to climb the ladder of success. Attaining the top spot is his foremost purpose; being in a position of power is her ultimate goal. They are quick learners, need to be challenged and often prefer to work alone. Some Tigers tend to change careers more frequently because they get bored quite easily. They are natural born leaders and perform at their best if working towards positions of power and influence. So once there is no further room for progression, they will often move on to something else.

Anyone that is born in the Year of the Tiger is usually straightforward and outgoing by nature. They will never give up no matter how aggravated they may become. But, they are also full of suspicion and at times will take hasty action. Never lose sight of the fact that Tigers are smart and instinctive.

People born in the Year of the Tiger always take pride in being different from others, and normally demonstrate their originality best in their homes. Their homes are typically filled with exotic possessions. It is no surprise that one of the Tiger’s favorite gemstones is the cat’s eye, but tigers also love the sparkle of rubies and diamonds. They like to spend money, and also to share it. They can be very impulsive spenders because they know they can at all times make more.

The Year of the Tiger is the third year in the cycle of “Heavenly Branches”. Customarily, it is called “Yin”. Those born in the Year of the Tiger are compatible with the horse, dog, and dragons. The year 2010 is another Year of the Tiger. It is the ji-chou year. Jji is the sixth of the Ten Celestial Stems and yin is the third of the Twelve Terrestrial Branches and marks the Year of the Tiger.

Positive: The Tiger can be lovable, alluring, warm-hearted, altruistic, honourable, hard-working, pleasant, independant, engaging, dynamic and idealist sweetie pies.

Negative: The Tiger can also be rash, hot-headed, reckless, infatuated, quarrelsome, caustic, moody, predatory, rebellious, disobedient and irreverent rascals.

Some Famous Tigers: Sir David Attenborough, Natalie Wood, Tom Berenger, Agatha Christie, H.G. Wells, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Dickinson, Isadora Duncan, Roberta Flack, Frederick Forsyth, Jodie Foster, Stevie Wonder Sir Alec Guiness, Hugh Hefner, William Hurt, Dylan Thomas, Marilyn Monroe, Demi Moore, Beatrix Potter, Diana Rigg, Lionel Ritchie, Kenny Rogers.

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This blog entry is dedicated to one of my oldest, best, and dearest loved friends Miss Rosalynn "Deah" Carter, aka as Michelle Shelly Mullen and her beloved Patticakes Bradley. Both are fellow Tigers. All hail the Tiger!

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