Chinese New Year 2022: when is lunar new year, and events happening in Bristol

Next week millions of people will be celebrating Chinese New Year. The celebrations will be marked by communities across the globe.

Chinese New Year is celebrated across the world by many communities, each with their own special ways of honouring the sacred time.

The dates in which Chinese New Year falls vary from year to year, however will always fall some time between 21 January and 20 February depending on the moon.  This year it falls on 1 February.

The New Year celebration is centred around removing the bad and the old and welcoming the new and the good.

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    It is seen as a time to connect with ancestors, honour deities, and pray for good harvest.

    How is it celebrated?

    Also known as ‘Spring Festival’, celebrations typically last 16 days. The celebrations often involve food, fireworks and, the final day is marked by the Lantern Festival. This festival is celebrated by people letting paper lanterns off into the sky.


    What is 2022 the year of?

    The Year of the Tiger starts on 1 February 2022 and finishes on 31 January 2023. The element of the year is water.

    2021 was the year of the Ox, beginning 12 February 2021 and ending 31 January 2022. The element of the year was metal.

    How to say Happy New Year in Chinese?

    Happy New Year is written as 新年快乐 / 新年快樂 and translates as “Xīnnián kuàile”. Translated directly this means “New Year Happiness”.

    The pronunciation of Xīnnián kuàilè in Mandarin is ‘Shin-nyen kwhy-ler’ and in Catonese, it is pronounced ‘Sen-nin feye-lor’.


    What are the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac?

    The legend behind the zodiacs varies in different regions, however, The Great Race is a common tale associated with the Zodiac.

    It states that The Jade Emperor wanted to select 12 animals to be his guards, and the order of the zodiacs is the same order in which the animals finished the race.

    Each animal that finished the race was rewarded with a year named after them.

    The animals are assigned in cycles of twelve years, so 2021 was the Year of the Ox, and so was 2009, 1997, and so on.


    The twelve animals are:















    What does the year of the Tiger symbolise?

    Those born in the year of the Tiger are seen as brave, loyal, and self-confident. The last year of the Tiger was in 2012.

    Where can you celebrate in Bristol?

    Bristol University’s Alternative Asians

    Bristol University’s Alternative Asians society is hosting an event on February 3 at Global Lounge, Senate House, BS8 1TH.


    The organisers say that the session will allow attendees to discuss “the value of celebrating your identity, without feeling the need to hide your true self".

    The event will run from 5pm to 6.30pm and all Asian students are invited to attend. Free traditional snacks and Boba tea will also be provided. More information can be found here.

    Lunar New Year: Year of the Tiger at Bristol Museum 

    There will be Chinese dances to martial arts demonstrations, and the Museum has partnered with local communities helping you learn about Chinese and Korean culture.

    There will also be a tiger detective trail throughout the museum where you can search for tigers.

    The festivities will be taking place from February 5 - February 6, from 10am - 5pm. Find out more here, and book your visit today.