Chinese New Year is edging closer and falls on 1st February 2022. The Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.
This year marks the transition from 2021 – the year of the Ox, to 2022 – the year of the Tiger. Celebrations will begin on Tuesday 1st February with the celebrations lasting up to 16 days.
To mark the occasion at TCB Group we thought it best to find out a bit more about this special holiday season in China and across most of Asia.
Did you know, the festival date changes every year?
This is because the festival follows the lunar calendar, based on the movement of the moon. Usually, it falls on a day between mid-January and mid-February.
Did you know, the Chinese New Year starts a new animal’s zodiac year?
In China, each lunar cycle has 60 years and 12 years is regarded as a small cycle. Each of the 12 years is defined by an animal sign; Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
Did you know, one sixth of the world’s people celebrate it?
This celebration is huge across China, but this isn’t the only place that celebrates it. The holiday season is also observed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore along with other Asian countries and many Chinatowns around the world.
Did you know, the celebration decorations are all mostly in red
Houses are decorated with red Spring Festival couplets, red lanterns and red paper cuttings. City streets are lit up red and people are dressed in red. Red in Chinese culture is the symbol of happiness, wealth and prosperity.
So, to all of our customers, agents and suppliers celebrating this holiday season us at TCB Group want to wish you a happy and healthy Chinese New Year!
Wishing you good luck in the year of the Tiger!