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When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year will take place on Tuesday 1 February 2022.

The previous lunar year ran from 12 February 2021 and ends on 31 January 2022.

Timings differ from when we mark the new year here in the UK because China traditionally follows the lunar calendar, while we follow a solar one (one that’s based on the earth’s passage around the sun, and which is in common and legal usage around the world).

Is Chinese New Year always the same date?

No. The date of Chinese New Year changes each year, and is based on when the new moon falls between the end of January and the end of February. The dates vary each year because the festivities are timed to the ancient Chinese lunar calendar.

What animal will it be?

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2022 is a Year of the Tiger according to the Chinese zodiac, starting from February 1st, 2022, and lasting until January 21st, 2023.

People born in a year of the Tiger are predicted to be brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident. They will experience their zodiac birth sign year (benmingnian) in 2022, which is considered bad luck.

Recent/upcoming years of the Tiger are 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, and 2022.

Are there other names for Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year is sometimes also referred to as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival.

What does the Tiger zodiac sign look like?

People of the Tiger zodiac sign have qualities such as courage and leadership, they don't stop until they achieve their goals no matter what, and they like things their own way, although these same traits lead them to be impulsive, rebellious and short-tempered, which can even affect those around them.

By 2022, expect "tempers to flare, drama and excitement to reign, and crazy dreams can become reality," Levitt told Reader's Digest.

his will apply whether it's for love or friendships, work, business, politics or social issues, but in the year of the Tiger there is no middle ground, so you can expect to be very lucky or go through extremely difficult periods.

What to expect from the year of the Water Tiger in 2022?

There are five elements of the Chinese zodiac: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood, but Water is the element that is most connected with emotions, although it also has one of the greatest forces of nature, which is unpredictable.

"It's the strongest element-even stronger than fire-because it can go around any obstacle in its path and not lose its essential nature," said Levitt.

READ MORE: How to Celebrate Chinese New Year: Traditions, Customs and Taboos

How Is Chinese New Year Celebrated?

The traditional Chinese New Year is the most important festival on the calendar. During this time, business life comes nearly to a stop and home and family become the principal focus.

In preparation for the holiday, houses are traditionally thoroughly cleaned to rid them of “huiqi,” or inauspicious breaths, which might have collected during the old year. Cleaning is also meant to appease the gods who would be coming down from heaven to make inspections.

Ritual sacrifices of food and paper icons are offered to ancestors. People post scrolls printed with lucky messages on household gates and set off firecrackers. Elders give out money to children. Fireworks are set off throughout the holiday, particularly during the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated on the last day of New Year's festivities.

What activities do you do on Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is marked by several traditions. Many people clean their homes thoroughly to get rid of any “huiqi,” or unlucky thoughts or breaths, that collected over the past year, according to This cleaning should be done before the stroke of midnight on Lunar New Year’s Eve, according to CNN.

Families also gather for special feasts during the Lunar New Year period. During these celebrations, firecrackers and fireworks might be set off, and young people are often given money in red envelopes, according to

Celebrations also commonly include a nighttime parade, during which people carry glowing lanterns and carry a large, glowing dragon through the streets.

Why should you not wash your hair on Chinese New Year?

Washing or cutting your hair on the first day of the Lunar New Year is seen as bad luck because it’s as if you’re washing away your luck and prosperity for the coming year. Some also believe that showers should be avoided altogether on the first day of the Chinese New Year. Cleaning the house on the first day of the new year is also seen as inauspicious for similar reasons.

What Do They Eat On Chinese New Year?

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Traditionally, on New Year’s Eve, the extended family gathers around the table for a meal that includes as the last course a fish that is symbolic of abundance and therefore not meant to be eaten.

In the first five days of the New Year, long noodles are traditionally eaten to symbolize long life. On the 15th and final day of the New Year, round dumplings shaped like the full moon are shared as a sign of the family unit and of perfection.

What is the best gift for Chinese New Year?

Popular gifts for friends on Chinese New Year include tea, tea sets and fruits — as well as alcohol or tobacco, if you know they would enjoy those items. According to, seniors are often given clothing such as gloves, scarves or sweaters, and kids might receive candy, toys, school supplies, or red envelopes filled with money.

What colors should you wear for Chinese New Year?

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Photo Makina

Red is seen as a lucky color in China year-round, and the Lunar New Year is no exception. Other bright colors such as gold or yellow, which symbolize power and prosperity, are also popular choices.

What colors are not worn in Chinese New Year?

People in China would generally avoid wearing white during Chinese New Year celebrations, as white represents death and is worn at funerals. Black is also sometimes considered an unlucky color thanks to its associations with darkness, according to

How do you say Happy Chinese New Year?

There are a few different English translations of Happy (Chinese) New Year, but people often say Gong Xi Fa Chai or Kung hei fat choi.

Predictions for Year of Tiger

Top Animal Signs That Will Have Good Career in Year of Tiger 2022. Photo: China Highlights
Photo China Highlights

As with all Chinese zodiac signs, Tiger years occur every 12 years. (Previous Tiger years include 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010.) Because there are five Chinese zodiac elements—Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood—a Water Tiger year occurs every 60 years. The last one was in 1962, and now 2022 will be a Water Tiger year once again. So, what does that mean for you?

Tigers are quick to action, so in 2022, be prepared for situations to change on a dime. According to Levitt, “Tempers flare, drama and excitement reign, and crazy dreams can become reality.” This can apply to personal relationships, career developments, and, on a larger scale, political unrest or social revolution. While there can be great boons that come out of a Tiger year and some zodiac signs may experience wonderful luck, others can easily get burned. There is no middle ground in the year of the Tiger.

This is especially true for Tigers themselves. According to legend, one’s Chinese zodiac birth year (Ben Ming Nian) can be extremely unlucky for them. However, this isn’t always ominous—if Tigers can overcome the challenges presented to them in these years, they can still accomplish great things. So while some Tigers may find disaster in 2022, others could very well see their risk-taking pay off. For her part, Levitt thinks that “tigers will be empowered by their year,” although she does warn them to “refrain from overspending or being overly generous with gifts.”

Who is the God of Wealth? Different businesses have their icons of wealth. General Chao Kung-Ming, who rides on the back of the black Tiger, is one of the Gods of the Wealth. General Chao is a character in the novel of Feng-Shen Bang, (The Investiture of Gods), which is a legendary story about the war between the Shang Dynasty and Chou dynasty (around 1046 BC).

Chao Kung-Ming was the god of battle. His magic power can administer the wind, thunder, and rain. He defeated many wizards, sorcerers, and deities. But he was killed in the end after losing his magic weapons. After his death, Chao Kung-Ming was delegated as the officer in charge of the properties, such as gold, jewelry, and treasures. He also has the authority to give people fortune and happiness. More story about Chao Kung-Ming and other Gods of the Wealth is on the "The Chinese God of Wealth" page.

General Chao's Black Tiger was a ferocious carnivore. Since the wild Tiger ate quite a few humans and livestock, many people tried and failed to kill it. Chao Kung-Ming tamed the Black Tiger to save people's life. The Black Tiger implies the arrival of the God of the Wealth.

Fun Facts About Chinese New Year

It is a festival for 1/4 of the world's population.

The world’s population will be 7.76 billion for Spring Festival 2022, and over 2 billion celebrate it in some way, even if it’s just a national acknowledgment.

These countries have public holidays during Chinese New Year: China, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, North Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Brunei.

More and more Western countries celebrate this festival in recent years, like New York, London, Vancouver, and Sydney.

One sixth of the world’s people celebrate it.

It is not only celebrated in Mainland China, but also observed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore and some other Asian countries as well as Chinatowns around the world.

In recent years, the celebrations in New York, London, Vancouver, Sydney and other overseas cities have spread out of Chinatowns. Chinese New Year has become one of the world’s most celebrated festivals.

It is the longest public holiday and the whole country is on the move.

Most employees have 7-12 days off the work, and students have one month winter vacation. The 2022 Chinese New Year holiday is from January 31st to Feruary 1st.

No matter where they are, people try their best to return home for a family reunion, like westerners attempting to spend Christmas with their families. Meanwhile, some families travel together during the holiday. This makes the world’s largest annual migration, known as the Spring Festival Travel Rush. The total trips made by plane, train, bus and ship can reach nearly 3 billion.

The celebration decorations are mostly in red.

Houses are decorated with red Spring Festival couplets, red lanterns, and red paper cuttings; city streets are lit up by red lanterns; and numerous people are dressed in red. This is because red in Chinese culture is the symbol of happiness, wealth and prosperity, and can ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. These red decorations are to the festival what Christmas trees are to Christmas.

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