In modern days, the social connection among people is not solidly bound as it used to be. With the progress of the times and the prosperity of the society, some traditional festivals gradually get commercialized and its origin is seldomly brought up. Yet, there are plenty of people out there find the legendary stories fascinating.
Legend has it that the Jade Emperor summoned all the animals to his palace for a banquet and the order in which they arrived determined the animal’s place in the zodiac. Each animal has its own little tricks or strategies of winning the race. In the end, they come in order of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Chinese astrologers make use of those animals’ zodiac along with ying/ yang, earthly branches, ten celestial stems, and five elements to tell one’s fortune of the year, marriage compatibility, career path, karma, and so much more.
Year 2022 is the year of tiger; more precisely, it’s the year of water, which is one of the five elements, tiger. Chinese zodiac repeats every 12 years; however, taking earthly branches and ten celestial stems into account will lead to a 60-year calendrical cycle. This means that next water tiger will be 60 years later, which is 2082. Sound interesting, right?
Tigers are large, solitary, striped carnivorous cats with gorgeous appearance and excellent vision. People born in the year of tiger are independent, fond of playing, and full of enthusiasm and sentiment. The characteristics of the animals is often used to describe one’s personality and make up new year greetings.
We would like to take the liberty to wish you all fullness of the vigor and vitality of the tiger.