China and the rest of the world celebrate the Chinese New Year on Feb. 1. This year is for the third animal in the zodiac cycle – the Tiger. It is also called the Spring Festival.

Other animal signs are Rat, Ox, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The recent zodiac years of the Tiger sign are 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, braveness and exorcism of evils.

Here's a list of sayings and greetings for the Chinese holiday from Access Chinese, along with their English translations.

1. 恭 贺新禧,祝身体健康、事业发达。-- Happy New Year, I wish you good health and lasting prosperity.

2. 恭 贺新禧,万事如意。-- Best wishes for the holidays and happiness throughout the New Year.

3. 恭祝健康、幸运,新年快 乐。-- Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year.

4. 给您我无尽的新的祝福,让它们成为我们永恒友谊的新的纪念 。-- I give you endless brand-new good wishes. Please accept them as a new remembrance of our lasting friendship.

5. 愿一切最美好的祝福都能用 这张贺卡表达, 真 诚地祝您幸福、快乐、成功!-- May everything beautiful and best be condensed into this card. I sincerely wish you happiness, cheerfulness and success.

Consider the following Chinese proverbs from FluentU, as you ring in the Year of the Tiger:

  • [与其] 临 渊羡 鱼 ,不如退而 结 网 -- Rather than approaching the edge [of the waters] admiring the fish, it’s better to take a step back, and prepare to cast a net over the waters [and catch the fish].
  • 三 军 可 夺帅 也,匹夫不可 夺 志也。-- An army can conquer a general, but no man can rob one of his ambition.
  • 疾 风 知 劲 草,板 荡识诚 臣。-- The strength of a blade of grass is seen only in tempests; the loyalty of an official is seen only in times of turbulence.
  • 祸 兮福之所倚,福兮 祸 之所伏。-- Calamity has its roots in prosperity, prosperity has its roots in calamity.
  • 老吾老,以及人之老;幼吾幼,以及人之幼 -- In supporting and showing deference to our elderly’s, it is important not to neglect the elderly’s not within our family; in nurturing and educating our children, it is important not to neglect children with whom we are not related to by blood.

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People walk under decorative lanterns ahead of the Chinese New Year in Yangon's China town district on Jan. 31, 2019. Getty Images/Ye Aung Thu