Now that it is officially 2022, it also means that Chinese New Year (CNY) is speedily approaching.
Since it’s the Year of the Tiger, surely you would have seen red lanterns and cute tiger paper cut-outs, with the same old Gong Xi Fa Cai song blasting on your local radio stations. You can almost taste the festivities in the air with the smell of egg rolls and pineapple tarts on sale at your local supermarket.
Most importantly, it is the beginning of Spring, or as the Chinese people would call it:
Lì Chūn (立春).
In the year of 2022, Li Chun starts on 4 Feb and ends on 19 Feb.
That’s right, it’s time to find out when it’s the most auspicious days to deposit your money, when are the optimal times to start and cease work, spring clean, and visit your relatives.
When to Deposit your Money for Li Chun 2022
For those might be like bananas—yellow on the outside and white on the inside—let me explain the significance of depositing and saving money during this period of time.
It comes from the long-standing tradition belief that saving money during this auspicious period will proliferate steadily throughout the year; a promise of good fortune.
According to the Way Fengshui Group, these are the auspicious times for each zodiac sign to deposit money in their bank accounts on 4 February:
(The most auspicious times will be in bold)
- Rat: 7am to 9am, 3pm to 5pm
- Ox: 9am to 11am, 3pm to 5pm, 5pm to 7pm
- Tiger: 5am to 9am
- Rabbit: 1pm to 3pm, 3pm to 5pm
- Dragon: 3pm to 5pm, 5pm to 7pm
- Snake: 3pm to 5pm, 5pm to 7pm
- Horse: 1pm to 3pm
- Goat: 5am to 7am
- Monkey: 7am to 11am, 3pm to 5pm
- Chicken: 7am to 9am, 3pm to 5pm
- Dog: 5am to 7am
- Pig: 5am to 7am, 1pm to 3pm, 3pm to 5pm
To those going to the bank from 3pm to 5pm on 4 February… Good luck.
When to Cease or Start Work
In order to start your new year off on the right note, here are the lucky dates according to Fengshui Beginner. If your zodiac sign conflicts with that particular date, you might want to consider missing that day of work.
Cessation of Work:
- 28 January for the Pig zodiac
- 31 January for the Tiger zodiac
- 4 February for the Horse zodiac
- 7 February for the Rooster zodiac
- 8 February for the Dog zodiac
- 10 February for the Rat zodiac
- 14 February for the Dragon zodiac
- 15 February for the Snake zodiac
While superstitions and beliefs can be all fun and games, if you’re really handing in your leave to your HR department, perhaps consider leaving Fengshui out of the reasoning, or you might get a dark glare.
When to Spring Clean
And herein comes the part that most of us loathe and drag our feet about: spring cleaning.
Alas, it occurs every year to sweep out the old, negative energies to make room for positive energy into your house. The cleaning process might be arduous and long but having a spick and span house at the end of the day is certainly rewarding in its own way.
Without further ado, here are the days you should avoid spring cleaning, especially if your family member happens to coincide with that particular sign:
- 17 January for the Rat zodiac
- 20 January for the Rabbit zodiac
- 25 January for the Monkey zodiac
- 28 January for the Pig zodiac
- 29 January for the Rat zodiac.
There is even a rhythm to how you should clean your house too!
If 2021 had been a good year for you, start cleaning from the main entrance of your house and work inwards.
If 2021 had been a bad year for you, start cleaning from the inner rooms to the main entrance, to sweep away all of the negative energies out of the door.
Dates for Chinese New Year Visitations
Last but not the least, Chinese New Year is also a period of reunions and gatherings, to catch up with relatives that you haven’t seen much for the past year, to celebrate and represent new beginnings.
You should be seeing a trend by now, of course, there are auspicious and inauspicious times to visit your kin and kith on the first day of Chinese New Year. Keep them in mind as you plan out your visits!
- 11pm to 1am / Good
- 1am to 3am / Good
- 3am to 4am / Average
- 5am to 7am / Bad
- 7am to 9am / Average
- 9am to 11am / Bad
- 11am to 1pm / Average
- 1pm to 3pm / Average
- 3pm to 5pm / Good
- 5pm to 7pm / Average
- 7pm to 9pm / Average
- 9 pm to 11pm / Average
…truthfully speaking, if a relative were to show up at my door at 1am in the morning, angbao and two oranges in hand or not, I am definitely throwing my slippers and maybe a tiger figurine at them.
Waking me up from my peaceful sleep? Hear me roar!
In any case, hope you will enjoy the upcoming festivities!
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