Chinese premier Wen Jiabao is warning his people to keep a “sober mind” as the country enters the Year of the Tiger.
Priority should be given to persisting with economic development and adopting an “enhanced sense of anxiety about lagging behind” he said.
And as the nations of the world hope to emerge from the global economic downturn the year of the tiger is said to bring with it mythical heroic powers.
Hence it is seen as being an omen of prosperity.
Divination and Feng Shui masters are always busy at this time of year as the Chinese look for clues as to what the future might hold.
Hong Kong based destiny specialist Raymond Lo said: “Facing south-west, one should hang a metal chime to avoid bad luck. At home on windows and doors facing north east, one must place six metal coins to expel sickness. In the south just put a piece of red paper in the door or window to keep robberies and conflict away.”
Raymond can extend his divination skills to prediciting what is in store for the famous.
It is a year for Barack Obama to be bold and aggressive while Osama bin Laden was lucky until he reached the age of 51 apparently.
Prince Charles will remain waiting in the wings with no immediate prospect of becoming king.
While last year was a year of separation, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made it through and they should stay together in the year of the Tiger.
The question is: Does the propserity come as result of getting good odds at the bookmakers based on Raymond’s predictions? Who knows?
Meanwhile, celebrations are underway in Beijing and China’s commercial capital Shanghai and the festivites are likely to carry on into the early hours of the first day of the Lunar New Year.
There is no shortage of firecrackers which, they, say, ward off evil spirits and entice the god of wealth to people’s doorsteps.
Chinese celebrate the Year of the Tiger