Lunar New Year 2022: Everything you need to know about the Year of the Tiger
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2022 is a Tiger year according to Chinese mythology. They name any year after a set of animals. People born during a Tiger Year are thought to be natural leaders who are thrill-seeking and outspoken.
The Lunar Chinese New Year, celebrated by nearly 2 billion people worldwide, is Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, and it can last for weeks of the period as the cheer of celebrating people.
Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year (which is the same thing) is the Spring Festival in China. This year the date marks the end of the Year of the Ox and the start of the Year of the Tiger.
Traditionally it’s a time to honour ancestors and deities, with family reunions, parades and fireworks to drive off evil spirits. While based on the Chinese lunar calendar, Lunar New Year is also celebrated in Korea, Singapore, Mongolia, Tibet, Vietnam and in Asian communities worldwide.
In a Lunar New Year statement on Sunday, Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to the US, called on the American and Chinese people to “further our friendship in the new era.”
Qin also touted the 2022 Winter Olympics starting Feb. 4. in Beijing, saying he hoped athletes and observers “feel its TIGER feature, which means Tense, Inclusive, Green, Extraordinary and Refreshing.”
When is Lunar New Year 2022?
Many Asian cultures historically follow a lunar, rather than solar, calendar, so the Lunar New Year falls on a different day on the Gregorian calendar every year: In 2022, Lunar New Year’s Eve falls on Jan. 31, and the new year begins Tuesday, Feb. 1.
Though celebrations often start the weekend before and continue for weeks after, only the first seven days, Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, are considered public holidays.
The Lantern Festival, a Chinese tradition celebrated on the first full moon of the year, marks the end of the New Year season. It occurs on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese calendar. This year, it lands on Feb. 15.
Which Chinese Zodiac animal is honored this year?
The Chinese calendar is on a 12-year cycle, with each year linked to one of a dozen animals — the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
The year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar is designated the Year of the Tiger. So we are in the third year of the latest 12 years circle that started in early 2020. According to the Chinese culture, these 12-year circle does have to roster four meanings.
The 12-Year Cycles of the Five Elements
Each zodiac sign also has an element according to the 12-year cycle of the birth year. Each 12-year cycle starts with a year of the Rat:
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The five elements combined with the 12 zodiac signs produce a sixty-year cycle: e.g. an Earth Dog recurs once every 60 years.
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