New year, fresh start! In some Asian cultures, Feb. 1 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, named for its connection to the cycles of the moon. This new year is represented by the Water Tiger, which symbolizes strength, courage, and determination, making this an excellent time to pursue new ventures and take leaps of faith.
Lunar New Year is also an ideal time to upgrade the objects around you in anticipation of all that is to come. Whether shopping for your home, your loved ones, or for yourself, here are 8 ways you can harness that fierce tiger energy into a prosperous and lucky 2022.
THE LUNAR NEW YEAR EDIT
It’s a long standing tradition that has held steadfast in modern times. Make sure to wear a new outfit on the first day of the year to symbolize change and new beginnings.
RED IS FOR LUCK
Bright, passionate, and full of fire, red is considered the luckiest color of all. It doesn’t have to be worn head to toe; red accessories or even undergarments throughout the year are enough to give you a celestial edge.
UNLEASH YOUR INNER TIGER
Incorporate the timeless print or a playful motif into your wardrobe to channel the feline’s prowess all year long.
INVITE GOOD FORTUNE HOME
According to tradition, it’s best to finish all cleaning by New Year’s Eve. Doing any housework on the first day is strictly forbidden. Add extra luck by adorning your home with traditional red and gold decor, tiger symbols, and bright florals of any color.
EAT, DRINK AND BE LUCKY
Food is central to cultural celebrations, and Lunar New Year is no exception. Choose auspicious foods like whole fish to bring about abundance, dumplings shaped like ingots for prosperity, noodles to promote longevity, and all types of desserts to ensure a “sweet” life.
GIFTING WITH GRACE
A few rules for gifting: 1. Give in 8s (the number of abundance) and avoid quantities of 4 (an unlucky number) when possible. 2. Use two hands to give or receive a present. 3. Cash, in a red envelope, is king. (Pro tip: Many designer boutiques offer their own limited-edition, highly collectible red envelopes as a gift with purchase this season. Make sure to ask!)
BRING ON THE BLING
Gold is not only revered for its imperial history – it’s considered an auspicious token of prosperity when purchased during the new year. In other words, treat yourself.
THERE’S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT
Although gifting clocks is a serious faux pas (the phrase “giving a clock” in Chinese is the phonetic equivalent of “attending a funeral”), many consider the Lunar New Year a perfect time to indulge in a new watch. . .for one’s own wrist.