Happy Lunar New Year!

Or 新年快乐! For the multi-lingual of you out there.

2022 is the year of the Tiger, so excuse us while we put the Rocky soundtrack on.

However, this new year isn’t about the thrill of the fight, rising up to the challenge of our rivals or stalking your prey in the night. It’s about celebrating with your loved ones and ringing in a fresh start – like a lot of other places around the world!

Some of the most traditional activities to do for Chinese New Year include:

Cleaning and decorating the house, which is symbolic of driving away the bad luck of the previous year to allow for a new start.

Making dinner for your family during a big reunion, traditionally dumplings would be cooked, not only because they’re delicious, but also because it’s customary!

The giving of lucky money within red envelopes. Red is an important colour during the New Year celebrations as it symbolises a bright and happy future. Whilst the money given wards off ‘evil spirits’. The money inside is always an even number, too, because odd numbers are associated with money given at funerals.

It's the year of the tiger!

More specifically, the year of the Water Tiger, which occurs every 60 years. Cool.

The tiger is the king of all beasts in China – the zodiac sign of the tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils and braveness.

If you’re born in the year of the tiger (2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950 and 1938) your lucky things include the numbers 1, 3 and 4.

Your lucky colours are blue, grey and orange and your lucky flowers are the yellow lily and the cineraria.

Your unlucky numbers are 6,7,8, and the colour brown. So if you see a brown 6,7 or 8, you better run in the opposite direction, tigers.

2022 is a good year for tigers to get married, and single tigers will have a big chance to find a boyfriend/girlfriend. Valentine’s Day is coming up...

Work, work, work

Tigers will also have a great opportunity to get promoted in 2022, but should also be wary of entering monetary relationships with others – don’t expect a big cash windfall or a massive achievement. Keep your money safe and spend it wisely, you striped lovelies.

We’re proud as pandas to say that we source our bamboo in China, and we have an amazing group of staff members working from our China offices.

They’ll be celebrating Chinese New Year by having some well-deserved time off with their families. Enjoy it guys!

Team Cheeky Panda x

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