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The Year of the Tiger 2022

Chinese New Year is next week, and if you are anything like me you’ll leave it all to the last minute!

This year, I have put together a short guide of activities and events that the whole family can enjoy. Check out the full article at Vancouvermom.ca.

Tuesday, February 1st marks the first day of the New Lunar Year, this year is ‘The year of the Tiger’ .

There were times in my youth when certain everyday tasks were suddenly frowned upon leading up to the Lunar New Year. I wish my parents had given me a breakdown of the do’s and don’ts, it would have been extremely helpful!

 

Lunar New Year key Dates

Jan 25th-30th, 2022 – The week before New Year
Make sure you do all your house cleaning, put up decorations and pay respect to your ancestors. If you are due for a trim make sure your appointment is during this time, if not before.

Jan 31st, 2022 – New Year’s Eve
Traditionally it is the most important day. Most families have their reunion dinner on this eve.

Feb 1st, 2022 – New Year’s Day
Put on your new clothes, visit family and exchange hóngbāo’s – red envelope’s. Read more about the tradition of red envelopes in our article on Vancouvermom.com. You can even recycle old red envelopes and make them into lanterns. Check out our reel on our Instagram page to see how.

Feb 2nd – 7th, 2022
It is acceptable to wash your hair after New Year’s Day. Visit friends and family, watch lion and dragon dances and eat delicious food like dumplings!

Feb 8th – 13th, 2022
Most people are still off during this time, allowing for more visits with extended family and friends.

Feb 15th, 2022
Lantern festival marks the end of the New Year festivities. Firework displays are customary along with lighting of lanterns, the two go hand in hand along with some sweet rice dumplings.

Bowl cut paper goods display the dates in a fun poster, check them out @bowlcutpapergoods on instagram.

 

 

everyday activities to avoid on New Years Day

  • No hair washing – the character for hair sounds like the word prosper, therefore washing or cutting your hair is seen as washing your fortune away.

  • No congee – in the olden days I was told that congee was given out for free from those who were more fortunate; congee was seen as an effective way to raise ones blood sugar levels. It is also a dish that can be made in large batches at an inexpensive cost. Consuming it on New Years day is portrayed as bringing poverty into your home.

  • No mentioning unlucky words – such as the word death, death brings death.

  • No sweeping – it sweeps away wealth and luck.

  • No clothes washing – similar to hair washing but this time it washes away good luck.

  • No needle work – put those embroidery pieces and crocheting hobbies on hold! It is depicted as depleting your wealth.

There you have it! Now bring on the festivities, check out our guide over at Vancouvermom.ca.