Jan 20, 2022
5 Fun Facts about The Year of the Tiger!
When does Chinese New Year occur this year?
The Chinese New Year – or Lunar New Year – is always celebrated on the second new moon after the Winter Solstice. In 2022 this falls on February 1st, when we will usher in the Year of the Water Tiger.
What is the Water Tiger?
The Chinese zodiac is comprised of 12 animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig) overlaid with 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water). Each of the animals has its own characteristics, as do the elements. This year, the Tiger is expected to bring sudden, bold changes and adventure. It also signifies risk-taking and pursuing your passions. Many will adapt, grow and thrive, while others may not. Water will make it an emotional year for all of us, with an emphasis on family and relationships.
Was I born in the Year of the Tiger?
Those born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010 are said to be born in the Year of the Tiger. Notables include Queen Elizabeth II and Lady Gaga. Tigers are known for being courageous, ambitious and generous.
If I am a Tiger, does that mean 2022 will be a banner year for me?
Nope. Horses, Pigs and Dogs will kill it this year. Monkeys and Snakes – not so much!
How should we celebrate?
The New Year is a time to honor ancestors, to feast and to spend time with family. Festive meals typically include dishes with lucky meanings, like dumplings (for wealth) and sweet rice balls (for family togetherness). Some people decorate their homes, set off firecrackers or give money in red envelopes, which is also believed to bring good luck (red is China’s lucky color.)
But no matter how you welcome the Year of the Water Tiger, we hope it brings you better things 2022!