Happy Lunar New Year!

By Beth Webb

It is 2022 which means it’s the year of the Tiger, brings on a year of fierceness and new beginnings.

The tiger is considered the king of all beasts and is this year’s zodiac animal which signifies new beginnings.

The New Year celebration is centred on removing the bad and the old and welcoming the new and the good. It’s a time to worship ancestors, exorcise evil spirits and pray for a good harvest.

Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday 1 February of this year.

In China, celebrations last for 16 days, starting on the eve of the New Year and finishing on the 15th day, on which the Yuan Xiao Festival takes place. This is when people release thousands of paper lanterns into the sky.

Red decorations, red clothes and red wrapped gifts are found everywhere throughout the Chinese new year. Red envelopes with money are also handed out by adults to children throughout the celebration as it is believed to ward off evil and grant long life.

It is believed that those born in the Year of the Tiger are supposedly kind, adventurous and enthusiastic but also display aggressive, short-tempered and anxious traits.

So what is the Chinese zodiac story?

It is believed that the order of the animals comes from the story of the Great Race.

Jade Emperor, one of the most important gods in Chinese tradition, invited a series of animals to a race of which 12 species turned up – Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

To reward their efforts for attending, years are named after them in the order in which they finished the race.

The story goes that the Rat rode on the back of the Ox as he crossed the river and shot off to the finish line to bag the first place.

This meant the Ox, who had been due to win the race, had to settle for second place.

The luckiest Chinese zodiac signs of 2022

Melbourne based Feng Shui expert, Edgar Lok Tin Yung has revealed his predictions for the 12 zodiac signs this year, detailing both the positive and negative forecast for the Year of the Tiger.

Some of the luckiest signs include:

  • Tiger signs who work in the media, education, publication and training sectors and those born in 1998
  • Monkey signs will experience a lot of change in 2022 with plenty of travel opportunities
  • Rabbit signs – the biggest lucky star is on for this zodiac sign in 2022 and will be good for the singles
  • Snake signs born in 1965 and 1989 will experience good wealth
  • Self-employed people born in the Year of the Pig, particularly those born in 1983 and 1995
  • Rat signs born in 1948 and 2008 will experience good wealth
  • Dragon signs born in 2000 will experience excellent wealth
  • Goat and Tiger signs have a special bonding relationship in 2022
  • Horse signs will benefit from the ‘General Star’ and improving wealth
  • Rooster signs will gain recognition or fame later in the year, especially those in the culinary sectors, says Mr Yung