How much do you know the lunar Year of the Tiger?
31 Jan 2022
Chinese zodiac years begin and end at Chinese New Year (lunar calendar in Jan/Feb). Each year in the repeating zodiac cycle of 12 years is represented by a zodiac animal, each with its reputed attributes. In order, zodiac animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. As last year was the year of the Ox, making 2022 the Year of the Tiger.
The sequence of the 12 signs is popularly explained by a myth: when the Jade Emperor (the supreme immortal) was developing a calendar in the past. All creatures on Earth had summoned to participate in a race. The first 12 to cross the line were awarded signs and their order in the Chinese zodiac.
According to legend, the Tiger was confident that no one could compete with its speed and vigor for the celestial race that would decide the order of the zodiacs. However, when Tiger climbed out of the river, it was informed that Rat placed first for its cunning and Ox placed second for its diligence. Therefore, the king of the jungle had to settle for third place.
Chinese people believe that a person’s horoscope, personality, and love compatibility are closely associated with his/her Chinese zodiac sign, determined by his/her birth year. Tigers are courageous and active people who love a good challenge and adventure in life. Like their eponymous zodiac animal, people born in the years of the Tiger are vigorous and ambitious, daring and courageous, enthusiastic and generous, self-confident with a sense of justice.
Known as the king of all beasts in China, the Tiger symbolizes strength, exorcising evils, and braveness. A Year of the Tiger is considered a good year. And, of course, we are looking forward to an exceptional year for Asian Tigers!
We wish you all the best in the Year of Tiger!
If you found this article interesting, you might also be interested in taking a look at A Brief Guide
to Lunar New Year Celebration and Let’s start the year of the Tiger with laisee.