Fun Facts About Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year 2022 – February 1st, 2022 – 01.02.22
#1 2022 – A YEAR OF THE TIGER
Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world. It’s the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people all over. Since ancient times, Chinese people have been using the Chinese Zodiac animals to represent the years. Each lunar year is related to a zodiac animal, beginning at Chinese New Year. The 12 zodiac animals recur on a 12-year cycle. 22 is a year of the Water Tiger. It starts from February 1st, 2022, and ends on January 21st, 2023. A Water Tiger year occurs every 60 years.
The Tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness. Many Chinese kids wear hats or shoes with a tiger image for good luck.
#2 THE END OF THE COLDEST WINTER DAYS
The Chinese New Year Holiday marks marks the end of the coldest Winter days. People welcome spring and what it brings along: planting and harvests, new beginnings and fresh starts.
#3 DUMPLINGS FOR EVERY MEAL
Most people will eat dumplings during the New Year’s Eve dinner. Others will eat them for the first breakfast. Chinese believe that eating dumplings will bring prosperity in the coming year.
#4 RED ENVELOPES EVERYWHERE
An often-observed tradition during Spring Festival is to give gifts of red envelopes containing money. The color red symbolizes energy and fortune. New bills are expected; old, wrinkled cash is a sign of laziness. People sometimes walk around with cash-stuffed envelopes in case they run into someone they need to give a gift to. If someone offers you an envelope, it’s best to accept it with both hands and open it in private.
#5 RED FIREWORKS & FIRECRACKERS
Chinese New Year is a happy and lively festival, so for Chinese people lots of noise is a must to heighten the festival atmosphere, and firecrackers and fireworks are the cultural way to do it. In ancient times, it was believed that the explosive sound of firecrackers scared away evil spirits, who might otherwise bring bad luck. Nowadays, people set off firecrackers and fireworks during the spring festival to express their happiness, and invite good luck.
#6 RED COLORFUL CLOTHES
The red, colorful clothes favored for the holiday symbolize good fortune. When buying clothes for Chinese New Year, go for red. This is the best color for the occasion. Stay away from black and white, as they are unlucky and negative. In China, both black and white apparel is traditionally associated with mourning and are to be avoided during the Lunar month.
#7 ASIA’S LARGEST TRAVEL RUSH
Before the Pandemic, billions of trips are taken over the six-week Chinese New Year period. Chinese New Year was yearly the world’s largest seasonal migration of people. The holiday is celebrated by millions of people of Chinese decent all over the world.
#8 GONG XI FA CAI
“Gong hei fat choy” is the most common Chinese New Year greeting in Cantonese, which is spoken in parts of southern China and Hong Kong. It directly translates to “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.” In Mandarin, the same greeting is “gong xi fa cai” (pronounced gong she fa tsai).
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