CNY 2022: Ring within the Year of ‘Thaiger’ with a quiet roar

The Lunar New Year, like its solar counterpart on January 1, is a particular time for folks to let go of the past and embrace a new and brighter future. The date of Chun Jie (Spring Festival) modifications from year to yr depending on the Chinese lunar calendar, which determines when the 15-day festival will occur between January 21 and February 20. This yr, celebrations start on February 1, ringing within the Year of the Tiger — or ‘Thaiger’ for all you fans on the market — and kicking off 2 weeks of festivities. It ends with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first lunar month, in the course of the full moon.
Unfortunately for these in Bangkok, authorities have once more canceled the popular festivities on Yaowarat Road (i.e. China Town) because of the pandemic. So there will be no fireworks or parade this year. But you’re still prone to hear locals cracking fireworks at the break of daybreak and there are many lantern displays to see in and around the metropolis. Or you presumably can go to the closest shopping center for colourful displays of Chinese lanterns and decorations to seize the Spring Festival spirit and snap an auspicious pic for IG.
Also generally recognized as Chinese New Year, or CNY for brief, it’s celebrated all round the world, together with Thailand with its giant inhabitants of Chinese immigrants and diaspora. The tiger is the third of the Chinese Zodiac’s 12 astrology signs, and like each other yr, the Year of the Tiger occurring once every 12 years. The Lunar New Year celebrates the change from one zodiac sign to the subsequent, with final year’s signal being an ox.
During Unconditional , Chinese households will go to their neighbors to want them blessing for the new 12 months and provides presents of conventional Chinese delicacies, corresponding to jiaozi (dumplings) and tang yuan (glutinous rice balls filled with black sesame paste), which symbolize tuan yuan or household gathering and completeness. It’s widespread to be greeted with phrases like, “Xin nian kuai le!” (Happy New Year!) and, “Xin nian ping an!” (Have a peaceful New Year!). If you’re a younger married couple with out children, you’re prone to hear, “Zao sheng gui zi!” ( Last chance may have a son soon!).
Read extra about popular Lunar New Year traditions here.
So what are the advantages of being born in a tiger year? Tigers sorts are regarded to have strong personalities. They’re good leaders, risk takers and crave consideration. They’re also recognized for their excessive self-esteem, and are unbiased and brave. Just like, you guessed it, a tiger.
“The tiger is a ferocious animal and is known as baishou zhi wang … or ‘the king of one hundred beasts,’” writes Xiaohuan Zhao, associate professor at The University of Sydney, in an insightful weblog post in regards to the Year of the Tiger.
Past tiger years included 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950 and 1938. So if you have been born during those years (except for early January, of course), likelihood is you’re a tiger and didn’t comprehend it. It’s also mentioned that lunar yr tigers should avoid marrying snakes and monkeys. But, “They will make a great match with people who have been born within the years of Pig, Horse and Dog,” advises professor Zhao.
According to legend, the tiger changed the lion in the Chinese zodiac after profitable a collection of heavenly battles that earned its distinctive facial stripes — three horizontal stripes linked with one vertical stripe that reads as the character “wang” or king on its forehead. But maybe the lion has had the final roar. Although you won’t discover him celebrated within the zodiac rotation as quickly as every 12 years, you possibly can nonetheless see plenty of lions during annual Lion Dance performances, particularly this yr as Chinese everywhere in the world have fun its striped cousin from the forest. Practically speaking, the tiger is native to China whereas the lion isn’t, which is probably going the actual cause for its spot on the zodiac.
Of course, you’re prone to see plenty of pink throughout this time, similar to pink lanterns, red shirts, red attire — even pink socks and underwear. The color purple is seen as luck in Chinese tradition and is believed to battle off dangerous luck and evil spirits. Family feasts and gatherings might be brimming with red, from pink apparel to red decorations to purple meals, and plenty of households will paste red paper chunlian or spring couplets on their doors to draw blessings and luck.
Traditionally, older relations will give hongbao or pink envelopes with money to kids as items. The amounts are anticipated to be quite high, depending on age and status, and are a nice way for elders to put money into the younger technology, who relish the possibility to high up their piggy banks and lower your expenses for a the future.
Praying to deceased relations is another well-liked custom that plays an necessary position in ancestor worship amongst Chinese diaspora in Thailand. Some additional superstitious individuals even burn paper ‘money’ to send their loved ones in the afterlife (thought we’re unsure why departed souls would wish fake cash).
The colors blue and green, together with auspicious numbers 1, three and 8, are also believed by some to convey give you a lot wanted success and luck within the Year of the Tiger. Meanwhile, it’s suggested to keep away from the number four and the color white, which are both synonymous with death. But not every Chinese abides by such superstitions.
Make certain to check your nearest China Town for any lion dances, parades, inflatable “lantern” sculptures and firework displays. If close by public festivities are cancelled once more this 12 months as a result of pandemic, don’t fret; you’ll be able to still partake in one of the best custom of all — eating delicious Chinese jiaozi and tang yuan!

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