Lunar New Year 2022: Who Let The Tigers Out?
Coming into the new year with a roar, countries celebrating the Lunar New Year have showcased many interesting statues of the king of the jungle.
Covid-19 or not, the annual festive light-up in Chinatown (Singapore) goes on. This year, the Year of the Tiger is being welcomed with the theme "Usher in a Roaring New Year".
President of Singapore Halimah Yacob at the launch of the light-up at a virtual ceremony on Jan. 7.
The light-up, organised by the Chinatown Festivals Organising Committee and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, had concept input from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) students.
|The daily light-up will take place till March 2, from 7pm to midnight. Photo: Straits Times|
The tiger statue around China looks chubby, lovely and very friendly. Visitors commented that the cat-look-alike tiger invites people to take selfies.
|Many places in China decorate the mascot for good luck and fortune for the new year. Photo: Hoa Hoc Tro|
This year, Pink Tiger is also a hot hit. The name Pink Tiger reminds everyone of the famous cartoon character pink leopard in Pink Panther.
You can be the center of the frame and pose with pink tiger for your social media accounts at this location. The color red is usually associated with Lunar New Year, but so is the color pink. It symbolizes happiness and love, also the heart and flowers represent affection, gifts, and presents floating in in the new year.
|Photo: Hoa Hoc Tro|
The tiger from Shandong (China) is very different from the rest with cute roaring expressions.
|Photo: Hoa Hoc Tro|
In addition, there are flowers and fireworks decorated on the body with bright colors combined with yellow lights that make anyone passing by have to look up.
|The tigers look even more formidable when lit up at night. Photo: Hoa Hoc Tro|
|Photo: The Korea Times|
Seen above is an LED art display set up on the facade of the SMTown COEX building in southern Seoul, celebrating the 2022 Year of the Black Tiger. The giant tiger 3D illusion was exhibited outdoors for people to see while passing by on the street, amid the tightened social distancing measures here.
The convention center expects the lifelike tiger image to deliver a message of hope to the public ahead of the New Year.
|The sun rises behind a giant tiger installation at Gwangalli Beach in Busan on Dec. 31, 2021, the eve of 2022, the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac. Photo: Yonhapnews|
|Looking at a cute tiger on the beach, more or less people will feel happier in the New Year. Photo: Yonhapnews|
An inflatable tiger 8 m tall on Dec. 23 attracts onlookers at the Seoul COEX Event Space in the Samseong-dong neighborhood of the capital's Gangnam-gu District. It has been here for almost a month, catching passengers' attention because of its massive size and shape.
The Year of the Tiger under the Asian zodiac is only a few days away so around the mall complex will expect even more tiger displays, entertaining the busy crowd of Seoul.
|Tiger mascot in Nguyen Hue Floral Road (HCMC). Photo: VnExpress|
On Nguyen Hue street, a considerable number of tiger displays were installed on the road to represent this year's success will be as magnificent as the king of the jungle.
At the beginning of the road, two tigers will be placed to welcome them. Then, visitors must walk past a forest before being able to observe the main mascot of the floral road. The forest is decorated in a way that will help people distance themselves from others. This forest is considered a “miniature green lung” which can create a shed for visitors.
Nguyen Hue Floral Road will open from 7 pm on January 29 to 5 pm on February 4 to serve residents and travelers who want to roam around during Tet Holiday.
In different cities across Vietnam, you will find many tiger parades and displays, all very different in colors and aesthetic, from cute cartoonish to abstract and monotone.
|Tiger triplet performers with smiling faces in Da Lat city. Photo: Tien Phong Online|
|Colorful tiger mascot in Da Nang city. Photo: Tien Phong Online|
Year of the Tiger
The Year of the Tiger is the third year in the 12-year Chinese lunar calendar. Each year is associated with one of five elements in addition to its animal sign. This is the Year of the Water Tiger.
Tigers bear a greater symbolism - power and daring and a subject of awe and fear, more than just prized for its beauty and majesty. In Asian countries, the Tiger is considered the king of all beasts as it symbolizes power and a great deal of nerve.
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