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The 2022 Chinese New Year celebration will begin on February 1! If you’ve come across people who say Gong Xi Fa Cai and don’t understand its meaning, we’ve got all the details for you.

This year is going to be the Year of the Tiger and people are already preparing to celebrate this auspicious occasion. In the middle of that are some phrases that people often use to greet each other and we are here to tell you more about that.

Workers have placed decorative gold coins on a giant lantern depicting the god of fortune alongside a tiger as Singapore prepares to usher in the Year of the Tiger amid rising cases of variants of Omicron during the COVID-19 pandemic at Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay on January 16, 2022 in Singapore. On February 1, people around the world will welcome the Year of the Tiger, one of the most anticipated holidays on the Chinese calendar. Also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, the celebrations last around 15 days. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Meaning of Gong Xi Fa Cai Revealed

According to Radio Canada, Gong Xi Fa Cai means “I wish you to increase your wealth”. It is a common greeting that is often used by people while wishing a happy new year.

Along with this, people also often use the expression Xīnnián kuàilè which translates to “Happy New Year”.

What does the Year of the Tiger mean?

Talk to ABCDr Lin, who teaches Chinese studies at the University of Melbourne, said: ‘The tiger is considered the king of all animals in Chinese mythology and culture’ and it ‘symbolizes power, courage, confidence, leadership and strength”.

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The animal is also considered to ward off evil. She further told the outlet, “It’s [believed to be] a year that will bring new changes and encourage people to overcome all challenges and difficulties – which is especially important for this year when we are all trying to face all the difficulties of the world. People believe that in the Year of the Tiger you have the opportunity to renew everything…especially your energy, your strength.

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How to know if you were born in the year of the Tiger

According to People, if you were born in 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 or 2022, you are a Tiger sign. The website notes that people born in this year tend to be “brave, assertive, and natural leaders.”

At the same time, such people appreciate thrills and love attention. While some of them might be short-tempered, they are expected to be extremely generous.

How long will the party last?

The outlet notes that the celebration typically lasts for 16 consecutive days. This year, the Lunar Year Eve will begin on January 31 and end on February 15.

However, only the period from January 31 to February 6 would be considered a public holiday.

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