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Year of the Tiger

Let us all bid farewell to the Year of the Ox, and welcome in the new Lunar Year! As of February 1st it will be the Year of the Tiger. 

The Lunar New Year celebrations are a time for connecting and spending time with loved ones and Chinatown is the ideal place to gather and reunite. From whole fish to lucky lobster to prosperity dumplings, many restaurants around Chinatown will be preparing unique celebratory dishes for Lunar New Year. Others will be marking the occasion with special menu items.

This year, we’ve launched our #ChinatownConnections digital campaign as a message for us all – to connected, reunite and celebrate with loved ones over a delicious celebratory feast!

Introduction to the Chinese zodiac animals and order of procession

The Chinese zodiac, or Sheng Xiao (生肖), is a cycle of animal signs that repeats every 12 years, and is based on the lunar calendar. The Lunar New Year (or Spring Festival) marks the transition from one animal to the next—and February 1st 2022 is the beginning of the Year of the Tiger.

The tiger is the third of all zodiac animals. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year-cycle. According to myth, the Jade Emperor decided that the order of the animals would be the order in which they arrived at a party he was hosting. 

 

Tiger Characteristics

In China the tiger is known as the king of all beasts. The tiger is a symbol of braveness and many Chinese kids wear hats or shoes with a tiger image of for good luck. If you were born in 2022201019981986197419621950, and 1938 your Chinese zodiac sign is probably the Tiger, and in China you would be known as a Tiger.

 

Stay tuned to our Chinatown London social channels as we celebrate the Lunar New Year virtually.

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