Chinese New Year occurs annually around January/February, and 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. Each Chinese Zodiac symbol has different meaning for those born during that year, and for what the year represents. In 2010, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 14th. Both Chinese and non-Chinese alike celebrate with festivities for young and old and this year, the Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Culture in Chamblee is hosting a two-day event to ring in the new year.

The Tiger, in Chinese astrology – much like the Lion in Western culture and astrology – symbolizes a dynamic force of nature. Strength, fearlessness, generosity, and tending to the home and hearth are among their characteristics. Interestingly, however, the Tiger is also recognized by its symbolic stripes as a “balance” of yin and yang – as can be demonstrated when a “Tiger” may suddenly change course and pick up to travel around the world or make seemingly unpredictable (to others) decisions. Few other signs think on their feet or act on an innate desire for action and adventure like the Tiger does.

Local Atlanta/Chamblee businesses, schools and social organizations will participate in the celebration, February 13-14th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Traditional dragon dance, lion dance and drum performance, authentic Chinese food, music and more will be on hand for all to enjoy. Tickets are $5 per person, which includes a $2 vendor coupon.

For more information, call (770) 451-4456. The Cultural Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office is located at 5377 New Peachtree Rd.

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