Happy Chinese New Year! Is your baby due in the Year of the Tiger?


by Sophie Knight |
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The Chinese New Year starts on February 1, 2022 and is the Year of the Tiger.

The Chinese New Year is the most traditional and superstitious festival in the Chinese calendar.

If your baby is due in the Year of the Tiger, what personality traits will your new little one have? Traditionally, they are brave, competitive and confident. But, on the other hand, they can sometimes be unpredictable, irritable, and overindulgent. Lucky numbers for people born in the Year of the Tiger are one, three and four, and their lucky colours are blue, grey and orange.

If you would like to celebrate Chinese New Year with a Chinese meal, tradition says you should include these ingredients:

  • Chicken for fortune

  • Fish for prosperity

  • Noodles for longevity (never cut noodles)

  • Duck is a symbol of fidelity

  • Vegetables represent cleansing of the system

  • Wontons represent gold ingots (wealth)

  • Seaweed for wealth

Sweeping or dusting should not be done on New Year's Day for fear that good fortune will be swept away

Chinese New Year is steeped in superstition - here are some other traditions:

  • The entire house should be cleaned before New Year's Day. On the eve of Chinese New Year, all brooms, brushes, dusters, dust pans and other cleaning equipment should be put away. Sweeping or dusting should not be done on New Year's Day for fear that good fortune will be swept away.

  • If you cry on New Year's Day, you will cry all through the year. Therefore, children are tolerated and are not spanked, even though they are mischievous.

  • On New Year's Day, you are not supposed to wash your hair because it would mean you would have washed away good luck for the New Year.

  • It is considered unlucky to greet anyone in their bedroom so that is why everyone, even the sick, should get dressed and sit in the living room.

  • Do not use knives or scissors on New Year's Day as this may cut off fortune.

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