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Lunar New Year 2022 | Year of the Tiger: Welcome


Web Resources

There are so many resources on the web to learn about the Lunar New Year. Here are a few to get you started.

Credits: Special thanks to Jennifer Starkey, Research Services Librarian, Case Western Reserve, for permission to adapt some of the text in this guide. Unless otherwise noted, all text is attributed to Jennifer Starkey and all images are from Britannica ImageQuest.

Lunar New Year

Year of the Tiger

Lunar New Year marks the first day of the lunisolar calendar based on the cycles of the moon. This year it occurs on February 1, 2022 and begins the Year of the Tiger, as determined by the Chinese Zodiac. Lunar New Year is also called Spring Festival because it occurs between the Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox. Also known as Chinese New Year, the holiday is celebrated by over a billion people in many different countries and goes by different names and traditions. It is still the most important festival in several Southeast and Northeast Asian countries including Korea, Vietnam, and Singapore, especially among those of Chinese descent. Lunar New Year marks the ending of the old and the beginning of the new year. It is on the first day of the first lunar month. The Year of the Tiger begins on February 1, 2022  and ends on January 21, 2023.

Tiger Characteristics

"People born in the Year of the Tiger are born leaders, who walk and talk assertively and inspire respect. They are courageous and energetic, love a challenge or competition and are prepared to take risks. They are hungry for excitement and crave attention. They can also be rebellious, short-tempered and outspoken, prefering to give orders rather than take them, which often leads to conflict. Tiger people may appear calm but there is often a hidden aggressiveness, but they can also be sensitive, humorous and capable of great generosity and love. There is never a dull moment with a Tiger.

Tiger Years: 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022"  - Source: Victoria and Albert Museum