Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Happy Year of the Water Tiger!

Happy Lunar New Year! So long, Year of the Metal Ox! Welcome, Year of the Water Tiger!
2022 is the Year of the Water Tiger. Those born this year are said to have great interpersonal relationships, and be very family oriented. The last Water Tiger year was 1962.
CNN explains how the pandemic is affecting this year's celebrations.
Though the pandemic continues to overshadow the occasion, with public festivities once again pared down or canceled in many cities, millions of families around the world will still be celebrating at home.
Though the spread of Omicron has impacted the way people are celebrating this year, don't despair and remember the unofficial #1 tip from the Lunar New Year rule book: Focus on the positive and only use auspicious language.
WGN News in Chicago has more in How to Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

It's not quite as lively as the Inside Edition video I embedded in Happy Year of the Metal Rat!, but I found it enjoyable and informative just the same.

Speaking of the year before last's entry, I'm returning to the well of Disney's way of celebrating the holiday with Daps Magic's FIRST Lunar New Year Procession 2022 - Disney California Adventure to show the Mouse's idea of a Lunar New Year parade.

First Mulan's Lunar New Year Procession at Disney California Adventure on the opening day of the celebration.

Lunar New Year Returns to Disney California Adventure Park
Rejoin family and friends at this multicultural celebration filled with happy wishes for health, luck and prosperity throughout the Year of the Tiger!

From January 21 to February 13, 2022, Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park ushers in a joyous tribute to Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures.
I'm being a good environmentalist by recycling my reaction to 2020's version: "I don't know how authentically Chinese it is, but it is authentically Disney, which makes it authentically American." I didn't venture a guess about which Disney character would portray this year's animal, but I'm not surprised it's Tigger. The alternative would have been Sher Khan from "The Jungle Book." I like him, but he's a scary villain, so I'm not surprised I didn't find him in the parks.

As for next year, which will be the Year of the Rabbit, Disney has a number of choices and I won't pick one of them now.

Enough of this year's festivities. It's time to conclude this post with the generic greetings I've recycled many times over.

Mandarin: Gong Xi Fa Cai/Xin Nian Kuai Le

Cantonese: Kung Hei Fat Choi

Hokkien (Fujian/Taiwanese): Kiong Hee Huat Tsai/Sin Ni khòai lok

Simplified Chinese: 恭喜发财 新年快乐

Traditional Chinese: 恭喜發財 新年快樂

Stay tuned for Groundhog Day.

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