Lunar Year Nail-Art: Happy New Year

Hello my beloved readership and happy new year!

My service for those who are yet to explore the mysteries of the Chinese Calendar: Let us start with the Lunar Year corresponding to the nail art.

I think it has been approximately the passed two years when German boulevard media mentions the Chinese New Year. Now that I think of it internationally also the society of social media such as Instagram is discovering the Chinese Cultural element for itself. Personally I have learned it long ago in my child-days from my mother.

Fengshui for the soul – we all need it once in a while to lend us a hand which colors are bringing fortune, what animals are leading us whose year it is going to be and on which days we would be lucky to take on important projects. This is how the Chinese Calendar is regarded nowadays from an astrological point-of-view. It is nearly similar to an addition for your horoscope, just more precise. You could nearly claim that our trends are traced from the elements of the calendar. Furthermore our Priest Genadzi who also married us – read about it in the wedding special here – and baptized our son once said that adopting as many cultures (even just by single items) is not forbidden but a huge blessing. So let us go for it.

Originally the Chinese Calendar is also known as a so called “Lunisolar Calendar” which means that it corresponds with the sun cycle (solar), which comprises the years, as well as with the moon-cycle (luni), that comprises the months. Like this the people in the empire could determine important events. Even today people worldwide announce the new year officially with the introduction of the Chinese New Year.

The Chinese Calendar consists of twelve zodiac signs which also mark the Chinese horoscope. These are in this order:

  1. Rat
  2. Ox
  3. Tiger
  4. Rabbit
  5. Dragon
  6. Snake
  7. Horse
  8. Sheep/goat
  9. Ape
  10. Cock
  11. Dog
  12. Pig

Staring to count from the 20th Century the year 2022 belongs to the Tiger. People born in the following years belong to the sign of the tiger:

1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2038.

Typical characteristics of the tiger are:

Sensitivity, tolerance, bravery, activeness and load-bearing capacity.

Here you go with good-luck-charms in the year of the tiger:

  • Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 4
  • Lucky flowers: Yellow lily and the cornflower
  • Lucky directions: south, north, east
  • Lucky months: March, July, October
  • Lucky colors:

I have oriented myself on (two of) year’s lucky colors just as I did at the end of last year for the nails I was supposed to wear the time when I was to give birth to my daughter Rosalia. Read about the colors below.

“…not only every look tells a story but also every nail art has a meaning…”


Nail Art by Thanh Nails

The Chinese Calendar was not only valid for people in China itself but also people in the regions around China. Therefore this is a very interesting and inviting topic for Eastern Asians generally, especially in my case because not only every look tells a story but also every nail art has a meaning and intention. Also my nail artists at Thanh Nails know about it and are not only impressed and euphoric about the different colors I always choose – with me it feels like they discover their own colors anew as I always pick another combination other than the always-black-or-nude-ones. As the lucky colors of the Lunar Year/Year of the Tiger are blue, grey, white and orange I decided to make the best possible combination: I have chosen a light bluey-grey to include three lucky colors in one and added a blasting neon orange/orange-red which is not only a runner-up trend color of 2022 but also often seen on food- and fitness-influencer Katrin Siska (former Vanilla Ninja keyboarder). I was so thrilled by that color that I had the vision to once take it too for my nails. Even though I doubted during my nail-do to actually take it and not a softer tone my wonderfully adorable nail-stylist Ling encouraged me that it is the right choice because it is a shocking-love. I also liked the idea of this strong contrast and apparently on top it very well harmonizes with my mother’s new pillowcases.

As the pastell-bluey-grey was a color often seen on Vanilla Ninja front-singer Lenna Kuurmaa I named my Lunar Year nail-art Lenna and Katrin.

Fortune colours of the Lunar Year orange and blue.
Fortune colours of the Lunar Year orange and blue.

Nail-Art Inspired by Lenna & Katrin from Vanilla Ninja

Love, Johanna

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