Jan 31, 2022 - Economy

Year of the Tiger money superstitions

A tiger's tail holding a Lunar New Year card

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Every year around this time, more than 1.5 billion people stop to celebrate the start of the new year based on the lunar calendar.

Catch up quick: Lunar New Year 2022, the Year of the Tiger, begins Feb. 1. 

  • Celebrated widely across Asia and by people of Asian descent in other parts of the world, the holiday comes with many superstitions around wealth and luck.

Cheat sheet: Don’t clean your home during the first few days of the Lunar New Year — lest you want to sweep luck away. (Hopefully, you swept away bad luck prior to the day.)

  • Eating sticky rice (to bond families) or foods wrapped to look like gold sycee (dumplings, for example) are also said to bring good luck.

When in doubt: Wish anyone who celebrates good fortune — or say, “Hope you get rich.”

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