The Year of the Tiger: Chinese Zodiac 2022

Year of the Tiger graphic

On 1st February 2022, a new lunar year begins in the Chinese calendar and marks the Year of the Tiger. This is the third of the 12-year cycle in the Chinese zodiac: Rat (鼠 shǔ), Ox (牛 niú), Tiger (虎 hǔ), Rabbit (兔 tù), Dragon (龙 lóng), Snake (蛇 shé), Horse (马 mǎ), Goat (羊 yang), Monkey (猴 hóu), Rooster (鸡 jī), Dog (狗 gǒu), and Pig (猪 zhū). According to the Chinese element and the ‘Heavenly Branches’ theory, 2022 marks the year of the Water Tiger.

The Year of the Tiger

  • 13th February 1926 to 1st February 1927: Fire Tiger
  • 31st January 1938 to 18th February 1939: Earth Tiger
  • 17th February 1950 to 5th February 1951: Metal Tiger
  • 5th February 1962 to 24th January 1963: Water Tiger
  • 23rd January 1974 to 10th February 1975: Wood Tiger
  • 9th February 1986 to 28th January 1987: Fire Tiger
  • 28th January 1998 to 15th February 1999: Earth Tiger
  • 14th February 2010 to 2nd February 2011: Metal Tiger
  • 1st February 2022 to 21st January 2023: Water Tiger
  • 19th February 2034 to 7th February 2035: Wood Tiger

Key Characteristics of the Tiger

People who are born in a Year of the Tiger are said to be confident, independent and optimistic. It is easy to be instinctively drawn to the energy of a Tiger, who can fill a room with their intense charm. On the flip-side however, the occasional thoughtlessness and rebellious nature of Tigers can, if left unchecked, lead them to feel isolated and lonely.

The Water Tiger

Last marked in 1962, people born under the year of the Water Tiger are said to be relationship-oriented and dedicated to family life. Although seen as calmer, more rational and realistic than the other Tigers in the 60-year Zodiac, the Water Tiger is still ultimately a Tiger – and is therefore powerful, courageous and tough in the face of adversity. These strengths certainly generate a positive image as the world continues to battle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Lucky and unlucky items for Tigers

Chinese culture is heavily based on superstitions and traditions, which of course extend to the Zodiac. All the Zodiac animals are associated with lucky and unlucky colours, numbers, flowers and directions – all of which one is advised to avoid. For those born in the Year of the Tiger, the following are considered to be lucky and unlucky:

ColoursBlue, green, orangeBrown, white
Numbers1, 3, 76, 8
FlowersPlum blossom, cineraria
DirectionsNorth, East, SouthSouthwest

Famous Tigers

Photo of famous Tiger, Queen Elizabeth II
Photo of famous Tiger, Usain Bolt
Photo of famous Tiger, Lady Gaga
NameCareerDate of birthType of tiger
John SteinbeckAmerican author27th February 1902Water Tiger
Queen Elizabeth IIMonarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth21st April 1926Fire Tiger
David AttenboroughBritish natural history filmmaker8th May 1926Fire Tiger
Bill WithersAmerican singer-songwriter4th July 1938Earth Tiger
Richard BransonBritish business magnate18th July 1950Metal Tiger
Steve IrwinAustralian naturalist and TV star22nd February 1962Water Tiger
Olivia ColmanBritish actress30th January 1974Wood Tiger
Lady GagaAmerican singer-songwriter and actress28th March 1986Fire Tiger
Usain BoltJamaican Olympic sprinter21st August 1986Fire Tiger
Amanda GormanAmerican poet and activist7th March 1998Earth Tiger

The Origins of the Chinese Zodiac

Key Symbols of Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year’s Eve Traditions