Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Happy New Year - Year of the Tiger

This is a Japanese New Year postcard for 1986, the year of the tiger. The tiger is one of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs. The year of the tiger occurs every twelve years, so 2010 is again the year of the tiger.

The Japanese traditionally send New Year's Day postcards (nengajō). Many of the Japanese postcard designs are based on the Chinese zodiac signs. The Japanese celebrate the New Year on January 1, based on the Gregorian calendar instead of the Chinese calendar. The date of the Chinese New Year varies from year to year--in 2010 it is February 14.

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