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Saying goodbye to the Ox, we enter the Year of the Tiger on February 1, 2022.

Although the pandemic continues to overshadow the event, with public festivities as soon as once more pared down or canceled in many cities, hundreds of thousands of households round the world will nonetheless be celebrating at residence.

Right here’s a fast information to the most typical Lunar New Year traditions and superstitions, in addition to insights from some of Hong Kong’s most established geomancers on what the Year of the Tiger might need in retailer.

Lunar New Year 101

Lunar New Year festivities can typically final for as much as 15 days, with totally different duties and actions going down over that interval. (In China, it’s additionally known as the Spring Pageant.)

Although the unfold of Omicron has impacted the means persons are celebrating this yr, don’t despair and bear in mind the unofficial #1 tip from the Lunar New Year rule e-book: Concentrate on the optimistic and solely use auspicious language.

So how is the Lunar New Year historically celebrated? All of it begins a few week forward of the new yr.

On the twenty sixth day of the final lunar month — January 28 this yr — festive desserts and puddings are made. The phrase for desserts and puddings is “gao” in Mandarin or “go” in Cantonese, which sounds the similar as the phrase for “tall,” which means consuming them is believed to result in enhancements and development in the coming yr.

(For those who haven’t ready your personal “go” but, right here’s a simple recipe for turnip cake, a beloved Lunar New Year dish.)

Then, an enormous cleanup is finished in houses on the twenty eighth day, which was January 30 this yr. The intention right here is to rid your property of any dangerous luck that’s gathered over the previous yr.

Purple is the de facto Lunar New Year coloration. It’s assoicated with luck and prosperity.

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A giant household reunion dinner is often held on Lunar New Year’s Eve, which falls on January 31 this yr.

The menu is fastidiously chosen to incorporate dishes related to luck, together with fish (the Chinese language phrase for it seems like the phrase for “surplus”), puddings (symbolizes development) and meals that seem like gold ingots (like dumplings).

Although many Western nations consult with the Lunar New Year/Spring Pageant vacation as Chinese language New Year, keep in mind it’s celebrated not simply in Chinese language communities however in different Asian nations, together with Vietnam and South Korea.

International locations that observe Lunar New Year typically supply three to seven days of public holidays however celebrations aren’t full till the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, often known as the Lantern Pageant.

Persons are anticipated to go to family members and pals in the early days of new yr — aside from the third day of the month. Day three of Lunar New Year (which falls on February 3 this yr) is known as “chi kou,” or pink mouth. It’s believed that arguments usually tend to occur on today, so folks will go to temples and keep away from social interactions.

Cities round the world welcome the Lunar New Year with lantern exhibits and fireworks.

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There are a lot of different guidelines and superstitions hooked up to the Lunar New Year. For example, don’t wash or minimize your hair on the first day of the new yr. Why? The Chinese language character for hair is the first character in the phrase for prosper. Subsequently washing or chopping it off is seen as washing your fortune away.

You’ll additionally need to keep away from buying footwear for the whole lunar month, as the time period for footwear (haai) seems like shedding and sighing in Cantonese.

All through the 15-day competition, hosts often put together candy boxes and snacks for his or her visitors. Married {couples} are anticipated handy out pink packets full of cash to kids and single adults to want them luck.

The seventh day (February 7) is claimed to be the day when the Chinese language mom goddess Nuwa created mankind and, thus, is named renri (the folks’s birthday).

Completely different communities in Asia will serve totally different birthday meals on that day. For example, folks in Malaysia take pleasure in yeesang, or a “Prosperity Toss” of uncooked fish and shredded greens, whereas Cantonese folks will eat candy rice balls.

The spotlight comes on the final day (February 15). In historic Chinese language society, it was the solely day when younger women might exit to admire lanterns and meet boys. Thus, it’s additionally been dubbed Chinese language Valentine’s Day.

These days, cities round the world nonetheless placed on large lantern shows and festivals on the last day of the competition.

Heavenly stems and earthly branches

The 12-year Chinese language zodiac calendar cycle is represented by 12 totally different animals — the Chinese language zodiac indicators — however that’s solely the begin.

Followers consider that for every of the Chinese language zodiac indicators, luck will rely largely on the positions of the Tai Sui — the stars immediately reverse Jupiter.

In case your zodiac signal clashes with Tai Sui — aka the Grand Duke of Jupiter — in a specific yr, the specialists say you may end up coping with disruptions. (Discover your signal here.)

A yr isn’t simply categorized by its zodiac animal. There’s additionally a fancy sexagenary cycle made up of 10 heavenly stems and 12 earthly branches.

Yearly, a heavenly stem (one of 5 components, which fall into both the yin or yang class) is paired with an earthly department (one of the 12 animals of the Chinese language zodiac).

So February 1 marks the starting of “Ren Yin” yr, the thirty ninth aspect of the Chinese language sexagenary cycle. The Tiger — “Yin” — is paired with the heavenly stem “Ren” — water. So it’s known as the Year of the Water Tiger.

Confused but? We requested some of Hong Kong’s most established geomancy consultants to assist clarify what all of it means.

The world will welcome the Year of the Tiger on February 1, 2022.

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“Water Tiger is the title of the yr however don’t be mistaken — wooden and hearth components are rather more distinguished than water this yr,” Hong Kong geomancy marketing consultant So Man-fung Peter tells CNN Journey.

“How the yr impacts you is dependent upon what components you want and worry in accordance with your start chart.”

A 60-year calendar is usually used to calculate how every particular person’s start signal can be affected in a specific yr.

In Chinese language geomancy, one’s birthday chart consists of a variety of components that work together with the yr’s heavenly and earthly stems. So for a lot of, the calendar performs an vital position in making large life choices for the yr forward, similar to whether or not they need to get married or begin a enterprise.

As a result of these birthday charts are composed of a variety of components similar to the day and time of their start, they might work together with the yr a bit in a different way.

However “there may be some normal steering we might observe,” says So.

“Most individuals born in autumn and winter (August 8 to March 6) usually want extra wooden and hearth; they may see an enchancment of their fortune from 2022. (These dates apply to these in the Southern Hemisphere as effectively, regardless that the seasons are totally different.)

“Hearth additionally signifies clashes like automobile accidents. So when you’re clashing with Tai Sui this yr, you’ll need to be further cautious whenever you drive,” says So.

Thierry Chow, one other well-known Hong Kong geomancy marketing consultant, agrees that highway accidents are a priority given this yr’s prevailing components. However she thinks that water will nonetheless play a vibrant position in 2022.

“So we are able to count on large actions for something water-related, which sadly might imply extra water-related disasters, or large ocean actions,” she tells CNN. “On a extra optimistic word, the Water Tiger yr additionally represents energy in the arts, expertise and design sector, which suggests these areas can be thriving.”

Which animals may have a great yr?

Completely different geomancy masters might interpret the knowledge in a different way, however there’s a normal consensus on what the yr means for every zodiac animal primarily based on the positions of the stars, particularly Tai Sui.

As famous above, in case your zodiac signal clashes with Tai Sui in a specific yr, you may end up coping with disruptions.

Born in the yr of the Tiger? It’s your “Ben Ming Nian.”

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Folks born in the Year of the Tiger can be going through their “Ben Ming Nian” — their very own zodiac yr — in 2022. Followers consider this implies there can be extra disruptions and instabilities in the yr to return.

“Your monetary luck isn’t too dangerous this yr however it’s possible you’ll be overshadowed by unfavourable feelings. So it’s higher when you focus in your work and enhance your wealth this yr. For those who’re a winter child, you possibly can attempt to advance at work,” says So of what lies forward for the world’s Tigers. “Be very cautious whenever you drive, particularly in first lunar month.”

A number of different zodiac indicators may also be clashing with Tai Sui in varied methods, together with Monkeys. Much like Tigers, they might cope with challenges in relationships and sudden adjustments.

“For those who’re born in spring or summer season, it’s possible you’ll need to rethink making daring profession strikes this yr,” says So. “However when you’re single, the conflict might carry you some luck in love.”

Folks born in the yr of the Snake may also be conflicting with Tai Sui this yr, which can result in a rise in gossip and annoyances.

“Amongst all the indicators, I believe Snakes must be most cautious this yr. ‘Ying Tai Sui’ often interprets to difficult issues involving authorized paperwork — issues that will not go away simply. If you really want to signal any doc this yr, you’ll have to be immensely thorough,” says So.

In the meantime, Pigs are in solely in a barely conflicting place with Tai Sui. They may discover themselves arguing with pals, however So thinks {that a} fortunate star will carry Pigs some useful benefactors.

“There’s a fortunate star shining above Pigs this yr. We name it ‘luk hap’ (the unity of six instructions — all the things aligns with the universe in a harmonious means) so it’s truly a fairly good yr for them.”

Clashing with Tai Sui is just not as scary because it sounds. Followers consider there are methods to enhance your luck.

“Historically folks at all times assume that change or instability is dangerous however it may well truly be a great factor and an opportunity so that you can develop quite a bit. It’s not about preventing the change however embracing it,” says Chow.

“I encourage folks to attend blissful occasions. There’s a saying…in case you have one blissful occasion, it can counteract and stability out the unfavourable vitality of three occasions.”

She says getting married, attending events or something that would carry you pleasure would reduce the blow.

On the different hand, folks born in the yr of the Horse can be matching with Tai Sui, “which implies that they may take pleasure in nice relationships regardless of going through some gossip. They might take pleasure in an enchancment in energy, standing and wealth,” says So.

As for the relaxation of the animals, So says Goats and Oxes will take pleasure in significantly better luck in romance and at work this yr in comparison with 2021.

Folks born in the yr of the Rabbit might see romantic relationships simply come and go.

If you’re born in the yr of Canine, it may very well be a optimistic yr for 2 sorts of folks: these with works related to overseas lands and those that are artists, says So.

And at last, Roosters might discover themselves assembly individuals who will assist them in 2022, whereas Rats and Dragons don’t have any vital fortunate or unfortunate stars shining above them and may have a comparatively peaceable yr.

As we are saying in Hong Kong, solar nien fai lok!

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