Sunday, 14 February 2010

Happy Losar, Tibetan New Year

Today is both the Tibetan and Chinese new year. Both cultures use very similar lunar calendars and the Tibetan new year, known as Losar, often falls on the same day as the Chinese New Year (sometimes with one day or occasionally with one lunar month difference), however it is generally not thought to be culturally directly connected to the Chinese holiday, being more related to Tsagaan Sar in Mongolia than to the Chinese New Year festivity.

For both Tibet and China this is the year of the Iron Tiger (lcags-pho stag-lo).

Astrologically the Year of the Tiger supposedly comes with intensity, change, drama, travel, new inventions, opportunities and also a possibility of disasters. People born on this year are difficult to resist, their natural air of authority confers a certain prestige on them and they are tempestuous yet calm, courageous in the face of danger yet yielding and soft in mysterious, unexpected places, warm-hearted yet fearsome. Also, they enjoy life full of challenges and unexpected events, like visiting unusual places and meet interesting outstanding people. They are sensitive, emotional and capable of great love.

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