For the Chinese, February 14th begins the Year of the Golden Tiger. The Tiger is the third sign in the cycle of Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs. It's a sign of courage. This fearless and fiery fighter is revered by the ancient Chinese as the sign that wards off the three main disasters of a household: fire, thieves and ghosts. On New Year's day itself, it is beneficial to celebrate, to be happy, to have smiling faces, and to refrain from scowling, quarreling, or criticizing anyone.