Year of the Tiger: Chinese Zodiac Guide (2023 Updated)

Year of the Tiger: Chinese Zodiac Guide (2023 Updated)

Brave, cruel, forceful, and terrifying.

This is how Chinese culture describes this tenacious beast. Chinese people often compare great kings and emperors to this Chinese Zodiac animal. As we enter the tiger’s year in 2022, what awaits this Chinese Zodiac?

We took the liberty of researching and compiling everything there is to know about the year of the tiger!

Year of the Tiger: A Quick Description

Year of the Tiger: A Quick Description

According to Chinese astrology, the Jade Emperor facilitated a great race to choose his 12 Chinese zodiac animals, and the tiger finished third. So the tiger years occupy the third year in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Lunar calendar, beginning during late January to early February. 

People under this Chinese Zodiac are natural leaders. They are ambitious, with a wild sense of justice, but can sometimes be arrogant. More on the traits later!

You fall under this zodiac year if your birth year is 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, and 2022. Among the earthly branches, the tiger has Yin.

Elements & Fortunes

Metal (1950, 2010)

People born under the metal tiger category are active, ambitious, but there may be traces of stubbornness. Females are enthusiastic, while males can be indecisive. Among the five elements, males with this tiger image can exhibit effeminate characteristics.

However, be careful of being stubborn in the workplace, as this is a bumpy year for tigers. Be wary of your actions and strive harder in the workplace!

Earth (1962, 2022)

Earth (1962, 2022)

These tigers are the hardworking bunch. They are practical and realistic with their finances, plus they’re rich in the enterprising spirit. Oftentimes, it’s their impeccable faith in this Zodiac sign that pulls them through bad luck. 

This Ben Ming Nian year, it’s advisable to work even harder to keep your post and achieve progress.

Fire (1926, 1986)

Fire tigers are optimistic, performing really well when executing their plans. Their courageous spirits make risk-taking a walk in the park. However, the tigers born under this lunar new year can have a poor sense of self-control. 

People lacking self-control, like fire tigers, are at risk of losing their money in 2022 if they are not careful with spending. We recommend being thrifty this year as it will be a bit bumpy. Don’t rely on investments!

Wood (1914, 1974)

Wood (1914, 1974)

It’s safe to say that the wood classification of this Zodiac animal is the “lawyers.” In Chinese tradition, these people are just, sympathetic, and are always willing to help the weak. The only downside is their nature of disregarding people’s commands.

Interestingly, businesspeople related to woods or gardening are projected to earn more this year significantly!

Water (1962, 2022)

The year 2022 is the water tiger year. People born under the water tiger lunar new year are confident, reasonably curious, and have a strong sense of self-esteem. 

What sets them apart is that water tigers have high learning ability and potential. This 2022 will be a great year for great learners like the water tiger, especially those in school.

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Personality & Characteristics of the Tiger

Courage and confidence are default traits if a person’s birth year falls in the year of the tiger. Aside from boldness, they are also extremely generous and upright. They’re strong enough to point out what’s wrong, but this strength makes them inattentive and rebellious to others’ advice.

Men are never satisfied with the status quo, so they always strive for excellence in life. In comparison, females born in the lunar new year value their family most in the world and are sure to be in most family reunions. Social interactions matter just as much to them.

Love & Relationships Compatibility

Love & Relationships Compatibility

In this spring festival this February 2022, you might find luck with your love life if you are diligent with the activities like offering raw fish to Chinese mother goddess Nuwa, from the first day leading up to the final day of the public holidays — the lantern festival (or the Chinese Valentine’s day!). [1]

Least Compatible With

Partners born in the year of the ox, tiger, snake, and monkeys are the worst significant others. They just have different cultures with tigers, making it difficult to attune to their feelings. On top of that, they rarely compromise with the tiger, so frequent arguments are expected.

Most Compatible With

Tigers will easily get attracted to people born in the year of the dragon, horse, and pig because of their complementary traits. Take the equally independent and brave horse, for instance; they can risk big changes together. On the other hand, a dog and rooster zodiac can also complement tigers.

The Best Careers For Tigers

The Best Careers For Tigers

Organizational skills and communicative chops are basic for this Zodiac sign. This is why being a politician, lawyer, banker, or doctor are ideal careers for the year of the tiger. 

In addition, babies born from the lunar new year’s eve 2022 have higher learning ability, which makes analyzing figures logically an easy task, so being an economist is a splendid career too.

Health & Lifestyle

Not only in the Chinese zodiac, but generally among animals in the world, tigers are active, energetic, and healthy. No matter the exhaustion in their daily lives, they can recover quite easily. 

Although as a tiger enters the middle ages, they must be more careful with their diets (avoid sweets) and lifestyle. The sign of over fatigue will eventually show up. Shredded vegetables and other high-fiber food are excellent diet choices.

Lucky Signs For Tigers



The lucky colors of tigers are gray, blue, white, and orange. On the other hand, the not-so-lucky colors are gold, silver, brown, and black. 

This Chinese new year 2022, as major cities celebrate the spring festival, red might be one of the lucky colors too, as people give money-containing red packets to bid financial luck. Aside from the red envelopes, they also conduct “red mouth” (Chinese communities visit temples) during the third day of Chinese New Year.


If your birth year falls in the year of the tiger, your lucky numbers are 1, 3, and 4. On the other hand, the unlucky numbers of these animals are 6, 7, and 8. 

Interestingly, in China, the number 4 is generally unlucky. However, people with this animal sign break the cycle, and this is perhaps a testament to their strength.



The lucky flowers for the people sharing this lunar sign are cineraria and anthurium. These are splendid flowers to soothe the short-tempered beast. Make sure to invest in these flowers this February onwards. Not only will this help make this a happy year, but it will also improve your homely aesthetics.


The lucky directions for this animal are south, east, and southeast. Northwest is the unlucky direction for this lunar sign. Interestingly, the lucky directions for people born in the year of the tiger are exactly the same as that of a dog. Who knows, maybe getting a pet dog is lucky this coming year!

Famous Tiger Personalities

There are many famous people born in the year of the tiger [2]. Not only are they popular, but they have also met some good fortune in life. Although it’s Ben Ming Nian for tiger people, maybe you’d also find the same luck this Chinese lunar new year.

Here are some of them:

  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Bill Murray
  • Tom Cruise
  • Demi Moore
  • Dr. Phil
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Drake
  • Usain Bolt
  • Shawn Mendez
  • Lady Gaga


What is the Year of the Tiger known for?

The tiger lunar year is known in China as a symbol of power and Lordliness. This is why they are often compared to emperors and kings for their powerful and mighty dispositions. The new year of the tiger will be celebrated starting this February 2022 until January 31st next year.

What does the Year of the Tiger symbolize?

The year of the tiger symbolizes power and bravery. Other peripheral characteristics are also associated with this zodiac sign, including optimism, generosity, and intense passion for justice. This lunar new year 2022, the world enters a new year as the tiger is celebrated from February 1st to January 31st in 2023.

Is it lucky to give birth in the year of the Tiger?

Yes, giving birth during the year of the tiger is lucky. In China, these people are known as natural-born leaders (seeing that you are born during the beast’s lunar new year). Although many factors affect this, the stars predict the said outcome for tigers in their belief system.

Key Takeaways

The year of the tiger is one prestigious year that celebrates the birth of natural-born leaders who are brave enough to take the baton and strive for social justice with great passion and generosity.

This Chinese new year is a fine opportunity to let go of the past and start anew in your quest for a better life. Although tigers will encounter Ben Ming Nian this lunar new year, there are tons of workarounds to make your year a little better. 

Our Year Of The Tiger Chinese Zodiac Ramen Bowl is a great tool to start the lunar month. Although it’s not an assurance of luck, eating your favorite noodles from this bowl will surely leave a smile on your face — and happiness is immeasurable.

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