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Chinese Lunar New Year 2022: Time for bravery

Lunar New Year 2022

Mothers, most of them dressed in red, wave a fond farewell to their sons and daughters as they enthusiastically enter the school.

Today, February 1, 2022, marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities, and according to the teachers of the Mandarin Immersion Program at Orion School in Redwood City, they have a lot of surprises in store for the children: it's going to be a great celebration! 

The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in China. This year the Mandarin Immersion School's celebration will be in person, on February 5, 2022 at 9 am at Casa CĂ­rculo Cultural, 3090 Middlefield Rd. Redwood City and, in addition, on February 12 in Downtown Redwood City.We will celebrate the arrival of the most charismatic of the zodiac: the tiger.

 What does 2022 have in store for us?

According to the Chinese calendar, this new year governed by the Water Tiger (? h?), will be of abundance for all signs. It will be a very favorable year for people in general, their dreams will be fulfilled, they will reach their goals. 

It is a good year to make decisions and everything can be achieved if you have a lot of passion, courage and analysis. As it happens with the Tiger, ?the biggest of beasts?

Since ancient times the Chinese made very detailed studies of the motion of the moon and the earth around the sun and determined a series of cycles, which become the year designations for each period.

The Chinese calendar rotates in cycles of 60 years represented by an animal year and an element to choose between wood, fire, earth, metal and water. 

Each year is characterized by a yin or yang force, the animal and the element of that year.

In the legend of Chinese mythology, which you can read from last year here on Peninsula, we come from 2020, the year of the Rat which was not an easy one for humanity. After the disaster it left in its wake, 2021 was time to plow better crops with the Ox, through hard work, positivity and honesty.

Behind the Ox appeared the Tiger, who explained, panting, his struggle against the currents. He said that it had been very difficult to cross the river, but that thanks to his great strength, he was able to reach the shore and become the third animal to reach the finish line during the great competition. The positive energy left behind by the Buffalo will be for your benefit in 2022.

Success will come to those who have passion and courage. 

We have to be very brave this year.

The tiger represents courage and bravery, so the new year could symbolize resilience and strength, even in times of hardship. Although the world experienced several difficult years in the pandemic, Chinese mythology dictates that the Year of the Tiger could offer hope in the midst of challenges. 

The animal has been depicted in East Asian religion, art, literature, and popular culture for centuries as a the main ancestor of mankind. It is also often associated with the creator god of the earth, the sun, the moon and the vital elements. In China, the god of wealthTsai Shen Yehis represented by the Tiger. 

Chinese art is full of objects with tigers, symbolizing earth and matter. In stories passed down from generation to generation, tigers are the protectors of good people and kill bad men. Paintings of these felines are common in homes and temples, believed to ward off evil spirits.

So, clean the house to welcome the new year, for better times are coming. 

Don't hold on to the past and take a "tiger leap" to new things in your life. The Tiger will endow people with courage in the face of challenges with a combination of enthusiasm, motivation and self-confidence.

Remember, this Saturday Feb. 5 at 9 AM at 3090 Middlefield Rd. in Redwood City will be carried out a festejo with dances, songs, paper activities and more surprises, thanks to the Mandarin Immersion Program of the Orion School at Casa Circulo Cultural and Peninsula 360 Press.

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Anna Lee Mraz Bartra
Anna Lee Mraz Bartra
Sociologist | Feminist | writer


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