The tiger is the King of Beasts, respected by humans and animals alike for its power and dignity. Tiger holds third place in the Chinese zodiac. During the Han Dynasty, people put images of tigers on their doorways to ward off misfortune. It is still customary in many rural areas to dress infants in tiger shoes decorated with endearing cloth tiger heads.
People’s fear of tigers gave rise to the folk saying “Don’t pat a tiger on the ass,” meaning “Don’t go looking for trouble.” The saying “You can’t capture a tiger’s cub without entering the tiger’s den” indicates that success cannot be achieved without great risk and effort.
Tiger is the fiercest of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. Tiger corresponds to Sagittarius in the Western zodiac. People born in the Year of the Tiger are strong and self-confident by nature, and tend to be risk-takers. They thrive on challenge and hate to defer to others, preferring to be in charge. Like the tiger, they convey an air of calm dignity, and will not rest until they achieve their goals.
People born in the Year of the Tiger tend to be overconfident, and have difficulty communicating effectively. They often go to extremes, and although they may have numerous acquaintances, they find it difficult to form deep friendships.
People whose birthdays fall during the following periods are born in the Year of the Tiger:
The first date indicates Lunar New Year’s Day. The second date indicates the last day of the lunar year