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2022 Lunar Chinese New Year: Black-Water Tiger

When is the Chinese Lunar New Year 2022?

The 2022 Chinese New Year Day is on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, in China's time zone. This day is the new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 13:46 on 2022-02-01, in the China time zone.

Chinse New Year's Eve is on January 31, 2022, the last day of the Chinese lunar year. There are only 29 lunar days in the 12th lunar month of the Ox year. Therefore, Chinse New Year's Eve is not on the 30th of the 12th month this year.

February 4, 2022, is the first date of Chinese zodiac Tiger year. February 4, 2022, is also the opening date of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Chinese New Year Days

Chinese New Year Dates in the China Time Zone
YearZodiac Animal SignNew Year
2022Black Water TigerTuesday, February 1, 2022
2023Black Water RabbitSunday, January 22, 2023
2024Green Wood DragonSaturday, February 10, 2024

The new moon time determines the new moon date. The new moon time is at 13:46 on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, in the China time zone. Therefore, Chinese New Year Day is Tuesday, February 1, 2022. The new moon time is at 15:01 on Monday, January 31, 2022, in the US Pacific time zone. Therefore, the 2022 Chinese New Year Day is on Monday, January 31, 2022, in the Pacific Time zone.

Chinese New Year Dates in US Pacific Time Zone
YearZodiac Animal SignNew Year
2022Black Water TigerMonday, January 31, 2022
2023Black Water RabbitSaturday, January 21, 2023
2024Green Wood DragonFriday, February 9, 2024

What's the animal for Chinese New Year 2022?

Chinese New Year 2022 animal sign is the Black Tiger. Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar, and 60 Stem-Branch counting systems. The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of Yin-Yang Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth) and 12 animals to rank the sequences. Five elements are connected to five colors - White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown. So Chinese use the color animal name to count the year. The name of 2022 is the Yang-Water Tiger. Black is connected to Water. Therefore, 2022 is also called Black Water Tiger Year.

The first day of the Black Tiger year is not the Chinese New Year Day in Chinese Astrology. The first day of Tiger month is the first day of the Chinese Astrology year. This day is called the Start of Spring, which is the date when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. This day is around February 4, each year. 2022 Chinese Black Tiger starts on February 4, 2022, in China's time zone. That means the Chinese Lunar New Year is not the first day of Black Tiger Year. If a baby is born before February 4, 2022, then the baby's zodiac sign is the Cow, not Tiger.

What's the meaning of Black Water Tiger?

壬寅 Ren-Yin is the Chinese zodiac name of the Stem-Branch calendar for 2022. Each zodiac is labeled with a name of Yin-Yang Five Elements. Ren is Yang-Water. Yin is Tiger. Therefore, the name of 2022 is called Yang-Water Tiger. The color of the Water is Black in the Chinese Five Elements theory. 2022 is the Yang Black Water Tiger year.

The first Stem-Branch name is found in the document around 1739 B.C. The original stems and branches are only used for counting the days. Using Stem-Branch to count for Month, Hour, and Year sequences began around 206 B.C. during the Chin dynasty and Han dynasty. Using the season-changing information, Chinese Yin-Yang Five Element scholars converted all zodiac signs into five elements. The theory of the Five Elements becomes the foundation of Chinese fortunetelling.

Yang-Water is running water, river, waterfall, or ocean. Yang-Water is male and it can become flood discharge, storm rain, or surging ocean. Water is connected to wisdom in the Chinese Five Element theory. The characteristics of Yang-Water are talented, wise, acute, agile, restless, and progressive. In Chinese I-Ching, Water is connected to danger. The other traits of Yang-Water are severe, unforgiving, uncharitable, and provocative. Yang-Water is the 9th Element of 10 Heavenly Stems. The color of Yang-Water is black or dark blue. The location of Yang-Water is in the north.

Tiger is the third animal sign of 12 Earthly Branches. Tiger is in the Wood group according to the Chinese Five Element theory. Tiger is Yang-Wood, which is the big tree in the spring. Tiger month is February, the beginning month of spring season. The weather is still a little cold. The Wood of Tiger waits for the warm weather to grow up. Tiger is a carnivore. It is often alone, not gregarious, and difficult to get along. Tiger has a domineering temper and authoritative air. The characteristics of Tiger are bold, resolute, unyielding, dictatorial, arbitrary, ambitious and full of self-confidence.

Yang-Wood of Tiger is related to tall trees, large Wood structures, or landmarks. Tiger also contains some Yang-Fire, which is connected to the sun, mighty power, or public figure. So Tiger has good leadership. It can start a business from scratch. It usually will suffer growing pain. Tiger likes the heat of Yin-Fire and Fire of Horse to bring up its energy. Tiger doesn't like Pig and Monkey to bring down its passion and vitality.

Yang-Water Tiger ranks 33rd out of 60 Stem-Branches. Yang-Water is the Heavenly Stem and Tiger is the Earthly Branch in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. The color of Yang-Water is blue or black. Therefore, Yang-Water Tiger is the Black Tiger.

Yang-Water is connected to the running water, river, or waterfall. The sign of the Yang-Water Tiger is a Tiger walking in the river. Tiger contains mainly Yang-Wood and also contains some Yang-Fire and Yang-Earth. Yang-Wood is a tall tree. A tall tree standing on the river is a sign of limitation, resolute, unyielding, or settling down. Yang-Wood is also connected to the big wooden boat. A boat on the river is a sign of traveling, relaxing, and resting. It's a period of recharging energy.

Tiger month is February. Tiger hour is from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Tiger is still a little bit chilly. Tiger doesn't have enough heat for Yang-Water. Yang-Water Tiger needs more Fire to have a prosperous life. It's hard for Yang-Water Tiger to save money without Fire. Investment in real estate is a good policy for money management.

Black Tiger and the God of Wealth

The three major events during the Chinese New Year festival are Chinese New Year's Day, Chinese New Year’s Eve, and the Chinese Lantern Festival. The 4th important event should be the Welcome God of Wealth Day, which is on the 5th lunar day of the lunar year. Traditionally, companies and stores will open the business on the God of Wealth Day after the Chinese New Year statutory holidays.

Who is the God of Wealth? Different businesses have their icons of wealth. General Chao Kung-Ming, who rides on the back of the black Tiger, is one of the Gods of the Wealth. General Chao is a character in the novel of Feng-Shen Bang, (The Investiture of Gods), which is a legendary story about the war between the Shang Dynasty and Chou dynasty (around 1046 BC).

Chao Kung-Ming was the god of battle. His magic power can administer the wind, thunder, and rain. He defeated many wizards, sorcerers, and deities. But he was killed in the end after losing his magic weapons. After his death, Chao Kung-Ming was delegated as the officer in charge of the properties, such as gold, jewelry, and treasures. He also has the authority to give people fortune and happiness. More story about Chao Kung-Ming and other Gods of the Wealth is on the "The Chinese God of Wealth" page.

General Chao's Black Tiger was a ferocious carnivore. Since the wild Tiger ate quite a few humans and livestock, many people tried and failed to kill it. Chao Kung-Ming tamed the Black Tiger to save people's life. The Black Tiger implies the arrival of the God of the Wealth.

Which Chinese Zodiac is the Luckiest in 2022?

The Tiger of 2022 contains Yang-Wood, Yang-Fire, and Yang-Earth. The Ox or Cow contains Yin-Earth, Yin-Metal, and Yin-Water. Yang-Wood has an attractive relationship with Yin-Earth. Yang-Fire has an attractive relationship with Yin-Metal. Yang-Earth has an attractive relationship with Yin-Water. That means Ox and Tiger are very compatible together. This implies Ox has very a good people relationship during the year of the Tiger. People born in the year of the Ox looking for love have very good chances to find companionship. Therefore, Ox is the luckiest Chinese zodiac in 2022.

How Old is China?

The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4719th year on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Yang-Water Tiger is the 39th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since 4719 = (60 * 78) + 39, therefore 2022 of Water Tiger Year is the 4719th Chinese Year.

Some websites say the year 2022 is the 4720th Chinese year. If you cannot find the explanation, here is a possible answer for you. The Yellow King's inauguration was held in the spring of 2697 B.C. But the calendar of Yellow King used the winter solstice day as the first day of the year. The winter solstice was on around December 23rd, 2698 B.C. Today's January 1st means nothing to Yellow King. If we count that extra eight days in 2698 B.C. for a year, then the year 2022 is the 4720th Chinese year.

2022 is the 4719th Chinese Year. However, Chinese civilization is up to 8000 years. 大地灣文化 The Dadiwan relics show the civilization of houses, palaces, cooking tools, color pottery, weapons, artifacts, and agriculture. Archaeologists doubt the I-Ching was invested there.

2022 Chinese Horoscope Forecasts

Chinese Fortune Calendar provides two different 2022 predictions. The first method is the simple Chinese Zodiac Prediction to analyze the relationship between Black Tiger and your zodiac sign. The second method is the traditional Chinese Five Element Astrology. It will read your complete Chinese Astrology birth chart, Find Your Lucky Element, then forecast your luck in the Black Tiger year. This way is required your correct birthday and birth time.

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival Before and After

Chinese New Year festival is from Chinese New Year Day to Chinese Lantern Festival for 15 days long. Chinese families have to prepare for the Chinese New Year festival a month ago. To understand those events, we need to know Chinese history and cultural background.

2022 Chinese Lunar Calendar

Chinese New Year Day is the first lunar day of the first Chinese lunar month. That means the new moon day is the first lunar day. The new moon day could fall to a different day in a different time zone. Therefore, lunar months have different patterns between China and the USA time zones. This will impact the Chinese Baby Gender Selection calendar.

Chinese lunar calendar is quite complicate. Actually, it has to work with the solar calendar. A lunar month has 29 or 30 days long. In order to match up the solar cycle, the Chinese lunar calendar has to add additional 7 lunar months every 19 years. The following topics are the detail explanations of Chinese Lunar calendar.

2022 Feng Shui for Chinese New Year

The 5-Brown Star flies into the center palace of the 9-Star diagram in 2022. Therefore, the kua number of 2022 is 5-Brown.


Lucky directions are
1 (White) is connected to Business, Romance, Social Relationships.
4 (Green) is connected to Intelligence, Academic Achievement.
6 (White) is connected to Windfall, Money, Power, Position.
8 (White) is connected to Money, Wealth.
9 (Purple) is connected to Happiness, Marriage.

Unlucky directions are
2 (Black) is connected to Illness and Sickness.
3 (Green) is connected to Quarrel, Dispute, Lawsuit.
5 (Yellow) is connected to Sick, Trouble, Bad Luck.
7 (Red) is connected to Robbery, Villain.
The most unlucky direction is Yellow 5 at western side. Do not have any remodeling in the western area of your house.

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By Master Allen Tsai on January 31, 2022

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