Lunar New Year

Always have a reason to celebrate. Just one month into 2022 and it is another new year: lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year. The occasion is about more than celebrating another culture’s traditions.

It’s a time to think about prosperity and good fortune, which is particularly timely with the rapid changes in the economy in 2022. We need something positive to lift us up.

The Lunar New Year is an opportunity to focus on a prosperous career or business (or both), as well as good health and good fortune. It’s a holiday in some countries, but even if it’s not a day off where you live, take a moment to assess and think about what you want to achieve in the coming months.

Traditionally, Chinese New Year is a time to pay off debts and clean the house. It’s a reason to decorate the home and buy new clothes.

When the new year arrives, it’s customary to have dinner with family. The younger generation receives lucky money in red envelopes from their parents and grandparents. Business managers may give bonuses in red packets. People indulge in traditional foods, such as dumplings and niango (cake).

Even if you don’t celebrate Lunar New Year, it’s a great reason to reflect on your own traditions, especially around what brings good luck and bad luck. It’s a chance to think about what new habits you want to develop going forward because this is a time for a new start.

This year, 2022, is the year of the tiger. The tiger symbolizes ambition, courage, self-confidence, and enthusiasm. This animal also symbolizes a commitment to helping others.

Another association is with the Chinese god of wealth, Tsai Shen Yeh. The god is often seen sitting on a tiger in Asian art.

What traditions will you continue in the months ahead? What new beginnings do you want in your life? What new goals will you achieve?

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