As the dark winter days continue, we have been thinking about ways to lift our spirits! What better way to brighten things up than celebrating…
Fun Facts about the Lunar New Year 2022
The Lunar New Year begins on February 1st, 2022, and this time it’s the Year of the Tiger!
There are twelve zodiac animals in total, and the Tiger is the third of them. Zodiac signs are an important part of Chinese culture and can help individuals decide on important life decisions throughout the year.
Here are a few more facts about the Year of the Tiger to help you celebrate the occasion:
The Year of the Tiger is considered to be one of the luckiest years
The Year of the Tiger brings good fortune to those who were born in this year. It’s said that if you were born in this year, you’re likely to be successful and prosperous!
This festival is called the Lunar New Year because of the calendar it is based on.
It starts with a new moon and ends on the full moon. This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 1st, 2022, but the date changes every year because it’s based on the lunar calendar.
Chinese New Year has been celebrated for over 3000 years
Chinese New Year is the most important of all traditional festivals for the people in China. It has its roots deep in antiquity and has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years.
The Lunar New Year is celebrated worldwide
Because Chinese New Year is celebrated worldwide, many people refer to it as the Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year is celebrated in many different places, including Vietnam, the United States, and South Korea. Each country celebrates slightly differently, but the festival is always a holiday for family, fun, and friendship.
Taboos and superstitions
There are several taboos and superstitions about gifts and what you can and can’t do during Chinese New Year. One is that you can’t give pears as a gift for Chinese New Year, as the word for pear (lee) sounds the same as the word for leaving (lí). Another is that you can’t wash your hair on the first day of the Lunar New Year, as this is seen as washing all the good luck away.
Sending away evil demons with bamboo
Before fireworks were invented, bamboo was burned to send away evil demons. Once fireworks and firecrackers were invented, they replaced the burning bamboo as fireworks are much louder and scare demons away much more easily!
Always give in sets of 8…
Money and gifts are given in sets of 8. Another superstition, the number 8 is considered to be the luckiest number. If your gifts are given in sets of 8, you get extra luck for the year!
But never in sets of 4!
Contrastingly, you should never give gifts or money in sets of 4! This is extremely unlucky as the number ‘4’ in Chinese sounds like the word for death.