As we celebrate the 2022 Lunar New Year, the SFPUC wishes everyone a healthy and prosperous Year of the Water Tiger.
While commonly known as a Chinese holiday, Lunar New Year is celebrated across Asia, where more than three billion people bring in the new year with their families and loved ones.
2022 is the year of the Water Tiger. The tiger is the third animal in the 12-year lunar cycle. More specifically, this year it will be a water tiger because, in addition to the rotation of animals in the calendar, there is also a circle of five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.
Those born in the Year of the Tiger are known for their courage and energy. They love a challenge or competition and are prepared to take risks. Tigers are hungry for excitement and crave attention. They can also be rebellious, short-tempered, and outspoken, preferring to give orders rather than take them, which often leads to conflict. If you were born in the following years, your zodiac sign is a Tiger: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, and 2022.
In many households, Lunar New Year kicks off with family gatherings and a feast for the eyes and bellies. Delicious food is a big part of the celebration! Noodles (representing longevity), fish (representing abundance), a tray of sweets and rice cakes (belief it will bring luck, happiness, and success) are just a few dishes we can expect to share over Lunar New Year.
Red envelopes, with money inserted, are often given out during important occasions: birthdays, weddings, and – you guessed it – Lunar New Year! It’s a way to gift luck, happiness, blessings, and good wishes to one another.
Just like the tiger who is courageous and loves a challenge, the SFPUC has embarked on a daunting but attainable challenge: conserving water during this severe drought. We encourage the community of San Francisco to rise to this challenge and face it head-on. From installing a new water-efficient toilet to shortening your showers, there are many things we can do as a community to cut our water waste. For more information on water tips, resources and water-saving devices, visit us at sfpuc.org/savewater.