This year is the Year of the Tiger, so we should talk about the tiger. Tiger is the most handsome animal in the Chinese zodiac, and the most powerful demeanor. When it roars, the mountains will collapse. There are many Chinese proverbs on Tiger, such as 虎背熊腰，in English means “A Tiger’s Back and A Bear’s Waist” There is another one: 龙腾虎步，it means “Dragon Rising in a Tiger’s pace”.
Many years ago, I composed piece for marimba solo “Dragons Rising and Tigers Leaping”:
Here is my marimba solo piece:
We had a lot of rain here the Christmas week, which is good for the drought in the Southern California. It is the icing on the cake for the mountain scenery around us, which is extraordinarily enchanting. Taking Gigi to hike to see the wonderland every day is full of positive energy! 💪💪💪
In the early spring of February, the daylight becomes longer day by day, camellias and azaleas of various colors are blooming in the garden, and the hibernating plants are slowly beginning to sprout, and the footsteps of the Spring are getting closer and closer. The Omicron epidemic has also improved greatly. I hope the Year of the Tiger will bring us good news: the epidemic will end soon🙏🙏🙏!
For the Chinese New Year this year, we still obediently follow the advice of the government to minimize gatherings, and only spend the Chinese New Year with a few friends who have been vaccinated for three times. The past 2 years of the epidemic have been too long, and finally the Year of the Tiger is ushered in. I hope that the Year of the Tiger will bring a lot of prosperity.
“Any variety of dried and candied fruits can decorate this lightly sweet sticky rice dessert, but using a lucky assortment of eight is traditional. The Chinese word for the number eight, ba, sounds similar to fa, which means prosperity and confers fortuitous meaning on the dessert. For her Lunar New Year celebration, Lucky Chowproducer Danielle Chang likes to decorate hers with an opulent assortment that includes candied orange peel, goji berries, amarena cherries, kumquats, lemon peel, edible flowers, mandarins, lychees, red dates (jujube), maraschino cherries, gooseberries, kiwi berries, pomegranate, dragon fruit, and sliced figs. Do not substitute sushi or other short-grain rice here; sweet glutinous rice contains a starch that helps the grains stick together without getting mushy.”
金牛辭歲金虎到，五虎給你來拜年，犀虎祝你虎年旺，奶虎願你體健康，黃虎為你送事業，水虎給你保平安，犛虎伴你游天下。 虎年吉祥！ 新春福虎送吉祥，金虎進家富滿堂，肥虎祝你壽延長，歲是春作首、虎是百獸王。 虎年到來，祝你虎虎生威、如虎添翼、虎威笙風!