Monday, November 8, 2021

Chinese New Year 2022: Year of the Water Tiger

Painted by Gai Qipie
2022 is the Year of the Water Tiger in the Chinese New Year. “The Tiger is the third sign of the Chinese Zodiac and is thought of as Ruler of the beasts on Earth. It is believed that a person born in the year of the Tiger is courageous, optimistic, tolerant, and generous. They can expect a long life, and were born to command, not to obey.

- The tiger is one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.
- Tigers represent royalty in eastern Asia. In fact, the marking on the tiger’s forehead looks very similar to the Chinese character that is
translates to the English word 'King.' Therefore, the tiger has been dubbed the King of the Animals.

- The White Tiger represents the west of China as well as the season  of autumn. It is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese Constellation.
- They are the national animals of Malaysia, South Korea, Bangladesh, and India.
- Because of its stalking and hunting abilities, the tiger was used to
   represent the highest army general in the armies of Imperial China.


Anansi Claims His Fame – West Africa

Anansi, Firefly, and Tiger - India

The Fox and the Tiger - China

The Goat that Ate Tigers – West Bengal

How the Tiger Got Its Strength - Khasi

How the Tiger Got Its Stripes – South America

The Legend of How Tiger Became a Chinese Zodiac

The Nodding Tiger - China

The Tiger and the Monkeys - Khasi

Tiger Aunt: Beware of Strangers – Taiwan

The Tiger, The Brahman, and the Jackal – Eastern India

The Tiger’s Mistake – Malaysia

Tiger Returns the Favor

The Tiger’s Whisker – Korea's%20whisker%20korean%20folktale.p

The White Tiger - Korea

Why the Tiger and Stag Fear Each Other - Brazil

2010 Year of the Tiger My previous blog post when 2010 was the Year of the Tiger.


24 Wonderful Chinese Folk Tales for Kids


Activity Village

Family Fun Crafts – Chinese New Year

Red Ted Art – 11 Must Make Easy Tiger Crafts for Kids

Red Ted Art – The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Complements the books of the same name.)


Tigers! A Look a Korea’s Folk Stories Lesson plan for grades 4 – 8 offering additional stories.


Perry Public Library – Year of the Tiger
Songs, rhymes and more for the preschool set.


20 Chinese New Year Foods That Will Bring You Good Fortune


Tigers are revered in many diverse cultures. The sites below offer information from several locations.

Chinese Zodiac  Tiger Symbolism

The Siberian Tiger and the Country of Tiger Tales
– Interesting background information, including two stories, The Tiger and Dried Persimmons and The Matching Mountain Spirit.

Taming the Year of the Tiger

Tigers Place in Korean Folklore



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