Chinese New Year 2022

Chinese New Year 2022

Chinese New Year falls on February 1st, 2022. This day is a very important day, a day when tradition is best kept as faithfully as possible to ensure abundance and prosperity follow you throughout the year. So important is the Chinese New Year that preparations begin as early as a month before the new moon — buying new clothes, preparing food, doing house repairs, ordering flowers, and cleaning altars — all just to make sure the house gets a thorough spring cleaning and bring some NEW furniture for the year if possible.

The house should also be adorned with fruiting linden trees as well as flowering plants before January 18 to introduce excellent growth energy into the house and invite everyone at home with fresh new opportunities for prosperity and professional advancement.

Auspicious sonnets, especially with the Chinese word “Fuk (Chinese word for good fortune)”, are usually hung at the entrance of the house along with some red lanterns to add more auspicious energy to this biggest Chinese celebration of the year.

THINGS TO DO BEFORE CHINESE NEW YEAR

1. Carry out repairs

Families should start checking their homes for defects before the Chinese New Year and make sure everything is working well in the house. Leaking toilets, broken faucets, broken roof tiles, leaking ceilings, etc. need to be fixed. Leaking water means loss of both wealth and health. Anything that impacts the kitchen or dining room can have an awkward impact on your rice bowl. Other areas that are critical to repair are areas around the main door as well as your bedroom. Cracked walls and broken doors can cause serious problems when carried into the new year.

If you can, you should also give your home a fresh coat of paint every year or at least every two years to start the year with a clean slate and give you plenty of new opportunities for improvement. You need to focus on spring cleaning and that means removing last year’s “junk” and that includes old newspapers, magazines, books, plastic bags, broken containers and clothes that you want to throw away. Allowing clutter to build up makes the problems you face worse.

Also, check your cutlery and crockery and discard any chipped, cracked or damaged cutlery. Damaged utensils are a sign of lost luck and bring home bad feng shui. This affects the wealth of the family.

Check your beds for damage. Sleeping on damaged or broken beds puts obstacles in everything you do. Success will be affected if the bed frame is damaged. It also creates cracks in your business relationships as well as your personal relationships including your marriage.

Inspect closets and drawers and remove mismatched socks, torn or worn underwear, shirts, pants, and damaged shoes. Discard clothing that you haven’t worn in over a year. Clearing out your closets symbolizes removing negative energy and making room for NEW things to come to you.

2. Stock up on your kitchen.

You need to start the new year with a completely restocked kitchen. Start with your closets and fridge. Remove and discard expired food. Clean your rice urn, wash and dry it, then place a red packet with 3 dynasty coins tied with red thread at the base and fill it to the brim with new rice. Keep your rice urn at least three-quarters full during the 15 days of Chinese New Year. Next, stock up your fridge for Chinese New Year, as it is important to have food in the home for the 15 days.

3. Update your home’s feng shui

You should update your home’s feng shui after December 21, 2021 (winter solstice) and before February 4, 2022, the beginning of the solar year.

In fact, many adhere to the traditional method of beginning after the winter solstice, as this marks the change of Tai Sui. It is believed that the annual 3 kills will also take effect from this date.

The annual Lo Shu numbers come into effect on February 4th, the day of Lap Chun. If you plan to reuse your feng shui cures, you must wipe them with a damp cloth soaked in cleaning water. But it’s always best to use a NEW remedy. Realize that feng shui remedies work by absorbing bad energies from the past year and once a remedy has done its work you should withdraw it and replace it with a new one. If you intend to reuse, the cure must be cleaned with cleaning water. Once you have finished updating your home’s feng shui, you should perform the room cleaning ritual.

4. How to prepare cleaning water?

Petals of 5 types of flowers are required for the cleaning water. It is best if you get flowers representing the 5 elements – blue (water), yellow (earth), green (wood), red (fire) and white (metal) and kaffir lime leaves (you can use fresh lime use). or lemons if you can’t get kaffir leaves) and also add 1 tablespoon of sea salt.

Soak the above in a bowl of water and place in the sun for 10 minutes before using. Rinse your cleaning cloth in the mixture, squeeze dry, and then wipe away all of your remedies, enhancers, and good luck charms and good luck symbols in your home. You can also use this water to clean your home altar and statues.

5. How to perform the room purification ritual

Open all your windows and doors and turn on all the lights. It’s best to do this during the day. Light sandalwood incense with kemenyen plus 1 tablespoon purifying incense powder in an incense burner.

2022 – the Wild Boar/Pig

The wild boar  / Pig

Pig is the twelfth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. The Years of the Pig include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043…

As the last sign of the Chinese zodiac, Pig represents wealth and luck from the ancient times. It is docile, has no plan to harm others, and can bring affluence to people. And its chubby faces and large ears also win the affection of people. However, pig sometimes is not thought to be a smart animal in China as it likes sleeping and eating and becomes fat, and thus it also features laziness and clumsiness.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Hai
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Shui (Water)
Yin Yang: Yin

People born in the year of the pig are always hardworking and sincere and never presumptuous. This makes it easy for pigs to gain the trust of others. Her compassionate and sincere personality makes her happy to be of assistance to others at any time, which leads to them making lots of good friends. The pronounced sense of responsibility also lets pig people spare no effort at work.

Pigs may be a little realistic and emotional, and difficult for them to spot lies and so easily be fooled by bad people.

 Strengthen: Hardworking, sincere, positive, responsible, compassionate, generous Weaknesses: easily influenced, realistic, emotional, indulgent

2022 – the DOG

The dog   

Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac animals. The recent Years of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042…

Dog is men’s good friend who can understand the human spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or not. Chinese people regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. In Chinese legend, the invincible God Erlang has a loyal dog partner to help him capture monsters.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Xu
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Tu (Earth)
Yin Yang: Yang

The greatest qualities in dogs are loyalty and honesty. In fact, dog people are naturally cautious, which means it can take a comparatively long time for dogs to accept new friends. However, once dogs accept a friend, they will become very loyal to the friends and always supportive. Dogs are loyal friends, honest lovers, and reliable families.

Although dogs are just and honest, they are also very critical and sometimes criticise sharply. They are not good at looking at the big picture to look at things, which can lead to misunderstandings and blame others for their own mistakes.

Strengths: brave, loyal, responsible, smart, lively
Weaknesses: sensitive, conservative, stubborn, emotional

2022 – the Rooster

The rooster    

Rooster ranks tenth among twelve Chinese zodiac signs. The Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029…

Back in ancient times when there was no alarm clock, rooster played an important role of waking people up. Thus the first symbolic meaning of Chinese zodiac Rooster sign is punctuality. Besides, it was believed by ancient people that its crow and blood could dispel evil spirits, and that’s why rooster is also the embodiment of good luck.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: You 酉
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Metal (Jin)
Yin Yang: Yin

Because of their outing personality, Rooster Chinese are good at making friends or adapting to new surroundings. If there is a tricky problem, don’t give up so quickly, but try everything to solve it. Since they cannot bear to lag behind others, self improvement is an important part of their life.

However, as the name suggests, Rooster people tend to be cocky or even arrogant at times. Your need for attention can make others feel uncomfortable. Lack of patience could be another problem.

Strengths: Open-minded, humorous, independent, smart
Weaknesses: Impatient, boastful, selfish

2022 – the Monkey

The monkey   

Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…

The monkey is a clever, lively, and witty animal. Because of a lot of similarities to humans, the monkey is admired by people in many cultures and Chinese culture is no exception. In traditional Chinese culture, monkey has been considered a mascot to pray for the luck of official career as it pronounces the same with the Chinese character for “marquis (hou)” in ancient times. In some west areas of China, monkey is also believed to be able to protect little babies from evil spirits.

The most famous monkey in China is the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) born from a stone who is intelligent, brave, rebellious, and talented. Some similar personalities may present in people born in the Year of the Monkey, who tend to be lively, quick witted, righteous, brave, and humorous.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Shen
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Jin (Metal)
Yin Yang: Yang

People born in the Chinese zodiac sign Monkey are born with brilliant minds. Not only are they intelligent, clever, and always valued by teachers and parents throughout their youth, but they also have a strong body that will make them perform well in an organisation, and they tend to be great leaders than anyone else. At work, they show initiative and have the courage to face new challenges. In life, they are helpful and humorous enough to be preferred by people.

However, boasting can prevent them from achieving great success and they need more patience. Too many opportunistic behaviours can also affect other people’s impressions.

Strengths: Active, quick-witted, smart, humorous, sociable, capable, courageous, fair
Weaknesses: Show off, tricky, opportunistic, impatient, boastful

2022 – the Goat/Sheep

The sheep /goat

Sheep / Goat is the eighth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Sheep include 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051…

Sheep (goat, or ram) is among the animals that people like most. It is docile, mellow, and timid. The white cute creature often reminds people of beautiful things. In Chinese culture, the sheep is considered auspicious since long time ago and it was often used to offer sacrifices and pray for good fortune. It was also once served as currency in ancient times, and thus the sheep represents rich and lucky.

People born in the Year of the Sheep are gentle, calm, and decent, while sometimes they can be naive and emotional.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Wei
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Tu (Earth)
Yin Yang: Yin

Of all 12 Chinese zodiac signs, the sheep is the gentlest and softest. The mild sheep seldom lose control of others or become very aggressive. You care about other people’s feelings and never intend to hurt people. Her righteous personality also makes her compassionate enough to understand other people’s problems from different perspectives, especially her friends and loved ones.

However, at times they can be very passive and tend to be pessimistic about seeing bad aspects of things, which means they need strong support and enough understanding from their friends. They also remain vigilant when strangers enter their domains.

Strengths: gentle, personable, calm, creative, imaginative, sociable and considerate

Weaknesses: negative, hesitant, impractical and sometimes stubborn

2022 – the Horse

The horse  

The Horse is the seventh in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. The Years of the Horse include 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026…

The horse was the most frequent transport means in ancient society and it is considered as No. 1 of the most important 6 animals in China. They are strong, powerful and elegant animals. In Chinese culture, horses are always the representative of heroes and talents. People born in the Year of the Horse will share some similarities with the horse and thus they are brave, strong, talented, and independent. The Five Elements of Horse is Fire (Huo), symbolising enthusiasm and energy, which entitles the Horse people energetic and enthusiastic character.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Wu
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Huo (Fire)
Yin Yang: Yang

Compared to other zodiac signs, people with the Chinese zodiac sign Horse are livelier, more energetic, more courageous and more enthusiastic about people and life. However, they are not good at hiding emotions, and their feelings are easily shown on the face. But that doesn’t change their huge popularity with the people, and no wonder most of them enjoy participating in social activities.

Another character of the horse is that he has a keen eye and shows strong logical thinking, which makes it easy for him to discover the essence through the phenomena and to be considerate enough to take care of other people’s emotions.

Strengths: Inspired, happy, talented, empathetic, intelligent and popular in social circles
Weaknesses: Too ambitious, too confident and sometimes too demanding

2022 – The Snake

The snake  

Snake is the sixth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac sign. The years of the Snake include 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037…

Snake carries the meanings of malevolence, cattiness, mystery, as well as acumen and divination. In most cases, this animal is considered evil and the elongated legless body always scares people. However, in ancient Chinese traditions, the snake once presented a venerated image and it is one of the earliest totems of Chinese nations. Chinese mother goddess Nüwa who said to have created humanity has the body of a snake and the head of a human. The Chinese dragon also has a snake body. Today, in some places in China, people still believe that a snake found in their courtyard can bring good luck.

People born in the Year of the Snake are considered rational, calm, thoughtful, and loyal to the loved ones.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Si
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Huo (Fire)
Yin Yang: Yin

People born in the years of the serpent easily attract others for their mysterious character and graceful demeanor. They are calm and thorough and can always carry out a plan from start to finish. Once in a dilemma, the snake can be someone who drives people to come out of the forest. They also have a strong sense of responsibility and a clear goal that will help them reach the peak of their careers.

The snakes are typical deep thinkers who are astute and skeptical of everything. In the love aspect, the snakes are devoted lovers who will not fall in love with anyone else.

Strengths: Calm, talented, humble, empathetic, intelligent and have a lot of inspirations.
Weaknesses: Indifferent, skeptical, possessive and stubborn

2022 – The Dragon

The dragon 

Dragon is the fifth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. The Years of the Dragon include 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024…

Chinese Dragon is de facto an imaginary animal, also the only fictitious creature in the 12 zodiac animals, which is composed of 9 animals, including the body of a snake, the horns of a deer, the head of an ox, the mouth of a crocodile, the claws of an eagle, and the scales of a fish. The Dragon enjoys a very high reputation in Chinese culture and it represents auspiciousness and imperial power since ancient times.

Chinese people regard themselves as descendants of the Chinese dragon and emperors entitled themselves exclusively as the ‘dragon’. It is the token of authority, dignity, honour, success, luck, and capacity

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Chen
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Tu (Earth)
Yin Yang: Yang

Most people born in the year of the dragon are full of fighting spirit and strength. They are charismatic, attract many followers and, of course, their talented leadership skills convince any subordinate. The dragons may look indifferent, but they are indeed chivalrous and always think of others.

But the dragon’s pride can bring prejudice, and it’s also a little difficult for them to have the willpower to persevere. If you want to achieve top performance and great success, the further development of willpower is essential.

Strengths: Determined, ambitious, independent, energetic, sincere and very popular with friends.

Weaknesses: Giving up easily, little willpower and unwilling to admit mistakes.

2022 – The Rabbit

The rabbit 

Rabbit ranks fourth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac signs. The Years of the Rabbit include 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023…

For Chinese people, the rabbit is a tame creature representing hope and life for a long time. It is tender and lovely. The moon goddess Chang’e in the Chinese legend has a rabbit as her pet, which stimulates the thought that only this creature is amiable enough to match her noble beauty. Another way of saying is that the Rabbit is the incarnation of the moon goddess per se and it is always a symbol of pureness and auspiciousness.

People born in the Year of the Rabbit are gentle and approachable. They have a decent, noble and elegant manner.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Mao
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Mu (Wood)
Yin Yang: Yin

People born in the rabbit years tend to have some of the characteristics of the real rabbit, who are mostly calm but are also quick to react when needed. In general, the rabbits are positive, gentle, and elegant. They love freedom, but once they set goals they just march forward without the distraction. They are also self-disciplined, the typical type of people who are strict with themselves but tolerant of others.

Although they look mild and soft, the rabbits are actually vigilant to strangers and outsiders. You do not trust others easily and are hardly fooled by others. However, they have polite manners in their social environment.

Strengths: Optimistic, amiable, generous, kind-hearted, funny & attentive
Weaknesses: A little vain, emotionally unstable, slightly satisfied with the status quo