Legend has it that the 12 lunar-zodiac animals were selected by the Jade Emperor. He conducted a race of all the animals, and named the years in the order that they finished. The tiger finished third, behind the rat and ox. The Tiger is regarded as the "King of Beasts", and is known for being brave, sturdy and full of energy. Those born in the Year of the Tiger (1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010) are said to be fearless, thoughtful, sympathetic and loving.
According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2010 is the year of Gengyin (Tiger), and people believe that it will bring happiness, luck, and great success for everyone.