Disney Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at Home

Disney Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at Home

If you’re looking for a few more reasons to celebrate the New Year, settle in for a Lunar New Year celebration at home. February 1, 2022, marks the Lunar New Year and officially starts the Year of the Tiger! Give yourself a reason to renew all those goals, indulge in a little Chinese Astrology, and add some new foods to our Disney Recipes lineup! 

Lunar New Year at Disneyland Park

Since we can’t make it to Disneyland for Lunar New Year, we’re simply indulging in the Disney Chinese Lunar New Year Foodie Guide and whipping up some magic of our own. 

Things to do for Chinese New Year CElebrations

Things to Do for Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year in China actually covers 7 days. This year the Disneyland Lunar New Year celebrations run from January 21 to February 13, 2022. And the holiday is an opportunity to be with loved ones and wish each other well for the coming year. So there are activities, games, gift exchanges, food, and more that promote abundance in all forms. Well, wishes for prosperity, longevity, good health, and progress is all on the docket for New Year. 

Put Up Decorations

Anything Red and Gold will work! Both colors indicate riches and good luck. Paper lanterns, red animals, gold garlands, anything! 

Have Dinner with your Family

The Lunar New Year “Family Reunion Dinner” is extra special and considered to be the most important meal of the year. So even if you have dinner with your family every night/ week/ month, make this one special. Choose traditional foods that are considered to be LUCKY. Here are some things to make for your Disney Chinese Lunar New Year at home.

  1. Fish: Increase prosperity
  2. Chinese Dumplings: Wealth
  3. Spring Rolls: Wealth
  4. Rice Cake: Higher Income or Position
  5. Sweet Rice Balls: Family Togetherness
  6. Longevity Noodles: Happiness & Longevity
  7. Good Fortune Fruit: Fullness & Wealth

Read more about the intricacies of eating Lucky Foods for Chinese New Year

Set off Firecrackers, Fireworks, Sparklers, and Lanterns

Such a tradition in Chinese culture, setting off fireworks is a national pastime, and starts the minute Chinese New Year arrives. If you’re looking for a little fireworks magic of your own you may be able to find festivities here in the US that celebrates with a fireworks display as well. We also love handheld sparklers to light up in the backyard for some nighttime magic. If you’re looking for a great way to ring in the New Year with some intentions then use paper lanterns that you can light and let go. This is a wonderful activity and is beautiful to watch 

Disney Chinese Zodiac

Give Red Envelopes filled with Money

Giving money is a surefire way to share your good fortune and receive it back tenfold! And of course, it’s the thought that counts and not the amount. So grab some red envelopes and share them at your family dinner, so that prosperity and good fortune can spread throughout the year! 

Tea Time with Almond Cookies

One of our favorite ways to celebrate pretty much anything ( since you guys know we adore tea time) is to have a little tea. And no tea would be complete without a little snack. To honor the Chinese Lunar New Year we made Chinese Almond Cookies, which are super easy to whip up with a little almond flour and light enough to have any ‘ol time. 

Almond cookies for Chinese New Year

2022 is the Chinese Year of the Tiger

Each year, which you can see on the chart below, corresponds to an important animal in Chinese culture. And every zodiac animal is affected by the overarching animal year. In this case, 2022 is a Water Tiger Year.

“The Year of the Tiger will be about making big changes. This will be a year of risk-taking and adventure. We’re finding enthusiasm again, both for ourselves and for others. Everyone is fired up, generosity is at an all-time high and social progress feels possible again.” per purewow.com

Year of the Tiger 2022

The Chinese Zodiac with Disney Characters

Animal Chinese Name Disney Character Year of Your Birth
Rat Remy 鼠 (shǔ) 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032
Ox Babe the Blue Ox  牛 (niú) 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033
Tiger Tigger 虎 (hǔ) 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034
Rabbit Thumper 兔 (tù) 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035
Dragon Mushu 龙 (lóng) 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036
Snake Kaa 蛇 (shé) 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037
Horse Maximus 马 (mǎ) 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038
Sheep Jolly Holiday Lambs 羊 (yáng) 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039
Monkey Abu 猴 (hóu) 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040
Rooster Alan-A-Dale 鸡 (jī) 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041
Dog Pluto 狗 (gǒu) 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042
Pig Hamm 猪 (zhū) 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043

Shanghai Disneyland Garden of Twelve Friends

As part of the Garden of Twelve Friends at Shanghai Disneyland you’ll find these characters associated with their Chinese counterparts. Check out your Birth Year to see which Chinese Zodiac you match and which Disney Character shares your personality.

Disney Zodiac Animals Chinese New Year

Animal Characteristics in Chinese Astrology

Fans of astrology know the most fun part is learning more about yourself. Check out your Chinese Animal and your corresponding birth year above. And then find what your animal’s dominating personality traits are below. 

  1. Rat: quick-witted, smart, charming, and persuasive
  2. Ox: patient, kind, stubborn, and conservative
  3. Tiger: authoritative, emotional, courageous, and intense
  4. Rabbit: popular, compassionate, and sincere
  5. Dragon: energetic, fearless, warm-hearted, and charismatic
  6. Snake: charming, gregarious, introverted, generous, and smart
  7. Horse: energetic, independent, impatient, and enjoy traveling
  8. Sheep: mild-mannered, shy, kind, and peace-loving
  9. Monkey: fun, energetic, and active
  10. Rooster: independent, practical, hard-working, and observant
  11. Dog: patient, diligent, generous, faithful, and kind
  12. Pig: loving, tolerant, honest, and appreciative of luxury

Disney Chinese Animals for New Years

Disney Lunar New Year 

Hopefully, you’ve found lots of fun to help inspire your year in this post! Maybe you’re hoping to attend a Disney Lunar New Year Celebration of your very own! We enjoy this holiday every year, so will be sure to update this post as we find more amazing things to bake, cook and learn! 

Disney Lunar New Year Celebration


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