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 people to let go of the previous and embrace a new and brighter future. The date of Chun Jie (Spring Festival) changes from yr to 12 months relying on the Chinese lunar calendar, which determines when the 15-day festival will occur between January 21 and February 20. This yr, celebrations begin on February 1, ringing within the Year of the Tiger — or ‘Thaiger’ for all you fans out there — and kicking off 2 weeks of festivities. It ends with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the primary lunar month, through the full moon.
Unfortunately for these in Bangkok, authorities have once more canceled the popular festivities on Yaowarat Road (i.e. China Town) due to the pandemic. So there might be no fireworks or parade this 12 months. But you’re still prone to hear locals cracking fireworks on the break of dawn and there are a lot of lantern displays to see in and across the city. Or you possibly can visit the nearest shopping mall for colorful displays of Chinese lanterns and decorations to capture the Spring Festival spirit and snap an auspicious pic for IG.
Also known as Chinese New Year, or CNY for brief, it’s celebrated all around the world, together with Thailand with its massive population of Chinese immigrants and diaspora. The tiger is the third of the Chinese Zodiac’s 12 astrology indicators, and like each different 12 months, the Year of the Tiger occurring once each 12 years. The Lunar New Year celebrates the change from one zodiac signal to the next, with final year’s sign being an ox.
During the pageant, Chinese households will go to their neighbors to wish them blessing for the brand new yr and give gifts of conventional Chinese delicacies, corresponding to jiaozi (dumplings) and tang yuan (glutinous rice balls crammed with black sesame paste), which characterize tuan yuan or family gathering and completeness. It’s frequent to be greeted with phrases like, “Xin nian kuai le!” (Happy New Year!) and, “Xin nian ping an!” (Have a peaceable New Year!). If Report ’re a younger married couple without youngsters, you’re likely to hear, “Zao sheng gui zi!” (May you have a son soon!).
Read extra about popular Lunar New Year traditions right here.
So what are the benefits of being born in a tiger year? Tigers types are regarded to have robust personalities. They’re good leaders, threat takers and crave consideration. They’re additionally recognized for their excessive shallowness, and are independent and courageous. Just like, you guessed it, a tiger.
“The tiger is a ferocious animal and is referred to as baishou zhi wang … or ‘the king of 100 beasts,’” writes Xiaohuan Zhao, affiliate professor at The University of Sydney, in an insightful weblog publish about the Year of the Tiger.
Past tiger years included 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950 and 1938. So should you have been born during these years (except for early January, of course), likelihood is you’re a tiger and didn’t comprehend it. It’s also said that lunar 12 months tigers ought to keep away from marrying snakes and monkeys. But, “They will make an excellent match with people who were born within the years of Pig, Horse and Dog,” advises professor Zhao.
According to legend, the tiger replaced the lion within the Chinese zodiac after winning a sequence of heavenly battles that earned its unique facial stripes — three horizontal stripes linked with one vertical stripe that reads because the character “wang” or king on its brow. But perhaps the lion has had the last roar. Although you won’t discover him celebrated in the zodiac rotation once each 12 years, you can still see plenty of lions throughout annual Lion Dance performances, particularly this 12 months as Chinese all around the world have fun its striped cousin from the forest. Practically speaking, the tiger is native to China while the lion isn’t, which is probably going the actual cause for its spot on the zodiac.
Of course, you’re prone to see a lot of red throughout this time, such as pink lanterns, purple shirts, purple clothes — even pink socks and underwear. The colour red is seen as success in Chinese tradition and is believed to struggle off bad luck and evil spirits. Family feasts and gatherings might be brimming with pink, from red apparel to red decorations to purple food, and lots of families will paste purple paper chunlian or spring couplets on their doorways to draw blessings and good fortune.
Traditionally, older family members will give hongbao or red envelopes with cash to youngsters as items. The amounts are anticipated to be quite excessive, relying on age and status, and are a good way for elders to invest in the younger technology, who relish the possibility to top up their piggy banks and save money for a the lengthy run.
Praying to deceased relations is another well-liked tradition that performs an important role in ancestor worship amongst Chinese diaspora in Thailand. Some extra superstitious folks even burn paper ‘money’ to ship their family members in the afterlife (thought we’re undecided why departed souls would need faux cash).
The colours blue and green, together with auspicious numbers 1, three and eight, are additionally believed by some to convey offer you a lot wanted success and luck within the Year of the Tiger. Meanwhile, it’s suggested to avoid the number 4 and the colour white, which are each synonymous with demise. But not each Chinese abides by such superstitions.
Make positive to check your nearest China Town for any lion dances, parades, inflatable “lantern” sculptures and firework shows. If close by public festivities are cancelled again this year as a outcome of pandemic, don’t fret; you can nonetheless partake in the most effective tradition of all — consuming delicious Chinese jiaozi and tang yuan!

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