Chinese New Year 2022
Tiger is the Chinese's New Year's Animal for 2022
This year's Chinese New Year will occur on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022, culminating in the Lantern Festival on February 15th, 2022.
Origin of the Chinese New Year
The origins of the Chinese New Year are ancient and masked by time. Popularly known as the Spring Festival, it lasts for 15 days. A week of public holidays follows, and stores and places of business reopen on the fifth day of the first lunar month.
The Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, is one of the most important Chinese holidays. China's zodiac gives each year a name based on one of 12 animals.
Chinese New Year Tradition
A month before (similar to a Western Christmas) people buy presents, decoration materials, food, and clothing. A massive clean-up gets underway days before the New Year in order to clean away anything unlucky, and they gave doors and window panes a fresh coat of paint, usually red.
The skies are ablaze with fireworks at midnight. Wearing red is a tradition meant to ward off evil spirits. But mourning colors such as black and white are out. People often play cards, board games or watch special shows on New Year’s Eve.
Three facts about Chinese New Year
- The custom of not cleaning your house and not shampooing your hair during Chinese New Year symbolizes the washing away of any good fortune that may come your way during the new year.
- The tradition of eating fish to celebrate the Lunar New Year symbolizes wealth. Fish in Chinese has the same pronunciation as 'leftover' in the sense of leftover money.
- Bookworms should stock up on books and magazines before the spring festival begins. The Chinese word for "book" (shū) sounds exactly the same as the word for "lose" - so buying a book or getting one as a present at the start of the New Year brings bad luck.
Celebrate the New Year and remember this happy occasion, purchase the collectible mugs.