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Chinese New Year 2022: What does the Year Of The Tiger mean?

Metro logo Metro 01/02/2022 Caroline Westbrook
Year of The Tiger is here (Picture: Getty Images) © Provided by Metro Year of The Tiger is here (Picture: Getty Images)

Chinese New Year is here once more, and that means that a new animal will be taking over as the zodiac as the 2022 New Year rolls around.

The celebration falls on Tuesday February 1 in 2002, and we’ll be marking the Year of The Tiger, for the first time since 2010 – in keeping with the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac.

Of course all of the animals featured have their own specific meanings – but just what is the significance of the Tiger?

Here’s what you need to know…

What does the Year Of The Tiger mean?

The Tiger is regarded as the king of all beasts in China, falling third in the Chinese Zodiac behind Rat and Ox.

People who are born in the Year of the Tiger are said to be brave, competitive, confident and unpredictable – but on the flip side they can also be arrogant and selfish.

Chinese zodiacs are based on the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches system – which derives from the observation of astronomical phenomena in ancient China, and which features one of five elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Metal and Earth), applied to Tiger years on a rotating basis.

The Tiger is regarded as the King of the Beasts in China (Picture: Getty Images) © Provided by Metro The Tiger is regarded as the King of the Beasts in China (Picture: Getty Images)

This year it’s the turn of the Water Tiger – and those born in such a year are said to be very family orientated and have strong interpersonal relationships.

It’s the first time for 60 years that we’ve had a Water Tiger year, the last falling in 1962.

As for the Year of The Tiger itself, they have previously fallen in 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986 and 1998.

What other animals are in the Chinese Zodiac?

Red plays an important role in celebrations (Picture Getty Images) © Provided by Metro Red plays an important role in celebrations (Picture Getty Images)

The other animals in the Chinese Zodiac are as follows:

Rat – Birth years 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Ox – Birth years 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Rabbit – Birth years 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Dragon – Birth years 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Snake – Birth years 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Horse – Birth years 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Goat – Birth years 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Monkey – Birth years 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Rooster – Birth years 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Dog – Birth years 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Pig – Birth years 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

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