In 2022 the Chinese Lunar New Year starts on 1st February and features a week of festivities beginning on 31st January and ending on 6th February known as the Spring Festival Golden Week.
This year is happens to be the year of the Tiger. The Tiger is part of the Chinese Zodiac that dates back to the Qin Dynasty over 2000 years ago and is part of a system of animal worship. The Jade Emperor challenged all the animals in the Kingdom to a “Great Race.” And whomever arrived at his palace first would win his favour.
The Tiger thought he would be the strongest and finish first but ended up being third after the cunning Rat and work horse Ox finished ahead of him. Therefore, Tigers are extremely competitive, known for courage. Tigers are ambitious, but they are also extremely generous with a drive to help others. Tigers want to win but they are also always seeking justice.
In addition to animals, the Chinese Zodiac also cycles through five elemental types. So, this is the year of the Water Tiger. Water years bring out emotions more than any of the other elements. Water Tigers are family oriented and have wonderful interpersonal relationships. Though they are extremely driven and can be brash, their goal is always to do what is best for everyone and not just for themselves. Overall, this is a year for switching a career, building a team or returning back to creative projects.
In addition to the Chinese New Year it is also the Seollal Holiday (1st-3rd February) which is celebrated throughout Korea.
So here is to wishing everyone who is celebrating, a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!