Niagara Falls lit up in red tonight to celebrate Chinese New Year
Published February 1, 2022 at 3:52 pm
Since in the culture, the colour red symbolizes luck, joy and happiness, Niagara Falls will be lit up crimson tonight (February 1) from 10 pm to 10:15 to mark the Chinese New Year.
Celebrated by more than 1.5 billion people worldwide, Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, marks the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar and solar Chinese calendar.
For the uninitiated, the years on the Chinese calendar are divided into 12-year cycles, meaning that the next Year of the Tiger will occur in 12 years’ time.
Last year marked the Year of the Ox, the first animal on the Chinese zodiac, while 2022 will signify the Year of the Tiger, the third in the cycle. Of the 12 zodiac animals, the tiger symbolizes bravery, wisdom, and strength.
The 12 zodiac animals are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. In addition to the animals, five elements of earth, water, fire, wood and metal are also mapped onto the traditional lunar calendar. Each year is associated with an animal that corresponds to an element.
The year 2022 is slated to be the year of the water tiger. The water tiger comes up every 60 years. The water tiger is action-oriented and represents strength, clearing away evil and bravery.