Eye of the Tiger!

Updated: Feb 8

✦ Celebrations for 2022 are not over yet… Not with Lunar New Year on its way!

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Year of the Water Tiger. CNY 2022

It is the biggest, most auspicious date in the Chinese calendar, a time when record numbers of human migration is witnessed and prosperity and luck for the year ahead is welcomed with a myriad of customs.

Come the 1st of February 2022, millions of people around the world will be celebrating a new year - the Lunar New Year.

Just what is the Lunar New Year, who celebrates it, why is it the Year of the Water Tiger, and how is technology remaking old traditions in today’s pandemic times?

Let's start with Lunar New Year 101 kept simple so you can focus on enjoying the festivities!

Lunar New Year 101

The Lunar New Year is a 15-day festival to celebrate the start of a new year in the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Also known as the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, this celebration marks the end of winter and the beginning of the spring season. Each year, the first day of the Lunar New Year will be based on the new moon that will appear between 21 January and 20 February. For 2022, Lunar New Year will be on February 1, 2022.

Some interesting Did You Know points to perk up dinner conversations:

  • Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC

  • A complete cycle takes 60 years, divided into 12 year elements

  • Each of these 12 years is named after an animal favoured by the Buddha

  • The year you were born in is said to influence your personality

(source: BBC)

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Chinese zodiac

Every year an animal is assigned to the year ahead as per the Chinese zodiac, or Sheng Xiao, which is a repeating 12-year cycle of animal signs and their ascribed attributes, based on the lunar calendar. In order, the zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

This year’s animal in the Chinese zodiac will be the Tiger, an animal known for its power, fearlessness and passion.

At Brilliant-Online, while we may not be fortune tellers, we are looking ahead to the year with a confident roar! We envisage a fierce year ahead that can turn inevitable challenges into invaluable opportunities.

For those who are interested in knowing what the Tiger year may bring, watch this video here:

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by people in the Greater China region (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau), Brunei, Indonesia (Imlek), Korea (Seollal), Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam (Tết Nguyên Đán), and Suriname in South America.

Common greetings for the Chinese are: