Year of the Tiger

Happy Lunar New Year!  This is the Year of the Tiger and is celebrated throughout the Far East.  China heralded it in with festivities and fireworks.  The Tiger is a sign of courage.  The Chinese zodiac is a set of 12 repeating cycles with each astrological sign representing a year.  In sequence, they are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar.  There are numerous myths and legends about how these 12 animals came to be chosen.  My favorite story is the one that has Lord Buddha calling all the animal before departing earth  and only these 12 animals came and in this order.  Believe it or not!  Kung Hei Fat Choy everyone!
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