Chinese New Year 2022 – Year of the Tiger
Feb. 3, 2022
As you may guess, Chinese New Year is an essential traditional holiday in China. Chinese New Year historically began on the last day in a Chinese calendar, Chinese New Year's Eve. The holiday usually ends on the fifteenth day of the first month, which is commemorated with the Lantern Festival.
Chinese New Year is the longest Chinese festival. Since the date of the holiday follows an ancient farmer calendar that is based upon the phases of the moon, it floats around from one year to another.
Chinese New Year 2022 is the Year of Tiger, that is celebrated on the 1st of February, 2022. The Tiger is a symbol of strength, courage, cruelty and forcefulness in Chinese culture.
What animals are associated with Chinese New Year?
Twelve animals symbolize each year in the Chinese culture. These animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Each of them owns its unique traits, just like zodiac signs.
How is Chinese New Year usually celebrated?
Chinese people clean out their homes and gardens in preparation for the Chinese New Year. The new year is marked by lanterns and paper scrolls decorating the houses.
Children are given presents in form of red envelopes, containing money and sweets inside. People enjoy street parades and performances, as well as fireworks and lots of food to celebrate the occasion.
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What is the Chinese New Year's duration?
Chinese New Year typically lasts 15 days. The Lantern Festival takes place on the 15th of each month and marks the end of the New Year celebrations.
Chinese New Year: Facts and Beliefs
- The festival is originally rooted in a ceremony to pray to Gods for good harvest and planting seasons. People also prayed to their ancestors who were considered gods.
- Family reunion is the most important aspect of Chinese New Year. Many young Chinese live in cities today, while many older people live in rural areas. The term "Chunyun" or Spring Migration is used to describe the return of the youth to their parents' homes.
- According to tradition, you should not shower on New Year's Day as it could wash away all your good luck.
- Dumplings are a favorite food during celebrations.
- Nearly all Chinese New Year decorations use the red colour.
- Your Zodiac year, the year that you were born according to the Chinese horoscope, is considered to be the unluckiest for you.
- Xin Niankuai Le is a Chinese New Year greeting, which literally means "Happy New Year".
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