Chinese New Year 2022

This year the Chinese New Year will fall on 1st February.  The Chinese New Year animal sign will be the Tiger.  People born in a year of the Tiger are predicted to be brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident.

Celebrations of Chinese New Year traditionally last for 16 days, starting from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival. In 2022, that is from January 31st to February 15th.

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is China’s most important festival. Chinese New Year’s Day marks the start of a new year.  There are many beliefs and superstitions associated with this. It is time for families to be together and a week of an official public holiday.

The main Chinese New Year activities include:

1) eating reunion dinner with family on New Year’s Eve – this is seen as the most important meal of the year

2) giving red envelopes and other gifts – the red envelopes contain money and are given to children and retired people

3) firecrackers and fireworks

4) watching lion and dragon dances

5) putting up decorations – people give their houses a thorough clean before the Chinese New Year, which symbolises sweeping away the bad luck of the preceding year and making their homes ready to receive good luck.  Red is the main colour for the Festival, as red is believed to be an auspicious colour. Red Chinese lanterns hang in the streets.

6) Offering Sacrifices to Ancestors.

You may like to mark the Chinese New Year by making Chinese Lanterns.  Click here for a You Tube video on how to make such a lantern.