PORTLAND, Ore. --The Chinese New Year officially started Sunday, Feb. 14 and billions will celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

Celebrations were scheduled at the Oregon Convention Center as well as the Oregon Zoo.

The Chinese New Year Cultural Fair, the largest celebration in town, features martial arts, traditional dances, a pig-cutting ceremony and a look at China's invention of gun powder and firecrackers. YouTube:2009 Portland Lion Dance

The Zoo was honoring its two most famous residents, Amur tigers Mikhail and Nicole. Staff will hand out celebratory red packets to usher in a year of good luck.

Anyone born during the years 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, or 1998 is considered a Tiger person, according to the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco.

Tiger people are given to deep thinking, capable of great sympathy ... but sometimes come into conflict with older people or those in authority, according to the culture center's website.

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