See How Celebrities Are Celebrating the Lunar New Year in 2022

Happy Lunar New Year! Feb. 1 marks the start of the Year of the Tiger — see how Awkwafina, Tiffany Moon and more stars are celebrating

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Happy Lunar New Year!

The Year of the Tiger officially begins on Feb. 1, marking the start of the multi-day holiday celebrated by nearly two billion people around the world. Also known as Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, the holiday is primarily observed in countries in east Asia, including China, South Korea, Vietnam and more.

Traditional celebrations can vary across cultures, but common ways to ring in the Lunar New Year are gifting money in red envelopes, wearing lucky colors including red and gold, eating symbolic foods including dumplings and spending time with family.

See how your favorite stars are celebrating the Year of the Water Tiger.


The Farewell star cozied up in a red sweatshirt to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Red is the most popular and traditional color for celebrations, as it is associated with happiness and good fortune, wealth and auspiciousness.

Michelle Yeoh

"Rrr..Road to an amazing, Healthy, Happy, Mega Successful, Loving Tiger Year!!" wrote the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star, who shared videos and photos on Instagram of her family celebrating together.

Simu Liu

The Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star brought the noise and the funk(o pop) to his celebration and wished everyone (except Ronny Chieng, apparently) a happy Lunar New Year.

Jamie Chung

The new mom to twins donned a cool and comfortable new sweatshirt (designed by Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon for McDonald's) for her festivities.

Phillip Lim

The fashion designer wished fans a "healthy and joyous and prosperous Lunar New Year" in a video clip posted to Instagram, where he also shared some words of wisdom for the holiday: "Wear something that makes you feel beautiful 😍 Eat something that makes your belly smile 🤤 Celebrate with pride 🥰🧧."

Later in the day, Lim (below, right) hosted a traditional, intimate dinner at Genesis House Restaurant Curated by Onjium in N.Y.C., cohosted by Hennessy. The starry event supported two charities close to Lim's heart: Feed Forward and Heart of Dinner.

Douglas Dillon, Mona Matsuoka, Melvin Mar, Ronny Chieng, Phillip Lim
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Daniel Dae Kim

The Hawaii Five-0 star wished fans a Happy Lunar New Year with a graphic of a tiger on Instagram. "The Year of the Tiger is one characterized by power, passion and adventure. May it bring you all those things and more!" he wrote.

David Beckham

The soccer star showed off his cooking skills in a video that shows him wishing fans a Happy Lunar New Year in Mandarin and learning to cook sweet and sour Mandarin Fish to celebrate. "I'm quite proud of how it turned out," he wrote of the dish.

Jackie Chan

The action star shared a post wishing fans a "Happy Chinese New Year of the Tiger!" He added, "May everyone stay safe, healthy, and happy during these tough times!"

Tiffany Moon

The Real Housewives of Dallas star documented some of her family's traditions in a video on Instagram, in which she matched with her twin daughters Chloe and Madison. "One of our traditions is that children are given hongbao (red envelopes) filled with cash inside. Families get together and eat dumplings. We hope you have a wonderful New Year!!" she captioned the clip.


The baker and cookbook author whipped up an adorable tiger cake to ring in the Year of the Tiger. "Food is so important in Asian culture, and so many of us are unable to see family this year to celebrate the year of the Tiger, so I wanted to create this tiger cake to bring a little happiness to us all," she wrote alongside a video of her bringing the creation to life.

Kelly Mi Li

That's one lucky pup! The Bling Empire star treated her dog, Sophia, to a traditional red envelope (called lai see in Cantonese, hóng bāo in Mandarin and lì xì in Thai) to ring in the New Year.

Lisa Ling

The journalist and Take Out with Lisa Ling host wished fans a Happy Lunar New Year alongside her husband Paul Song, encouraging everyone to cook Asian food in honor of the holiday or to visit local AAPI-owned restaurants.

Jimmy O. Yang

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The Love Hard actor and comedian gave a sneak peek on his Instagram Story of his food-focused celebrations, which included several homemade dishes.

Jeremy Lin

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The basketball star reposted a shot of what appears to be his Lunar New Year sneaker collaboration with Xtep Sports on his Instagram Story.

Olivia Munn

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The new mom showed off a care package full of "all the delicious Asian goodies" from pal Lisa Ling on her Instagram Story.

Ronny Chieng

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The comedian showed off a kimono by Albino & Preto on his Instagram Story. Chieng has his own line of "Hope You Get Rich" Hong Bao (red envelopes), which are for sale on his website.

Bowen Yang

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Saturday Night Live star Bowen Yang rang in the New Year with loved ones, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at their decorations — which included gold streamers and red dragon cut-outs — and food preparation.

President Joe Biden & First Lady Jill Biden

The President shared a photo from the White House celebration on Twitter. "We send our warmest greetings to everyone celebrating — and we wish you peace, prosperity, and health in the year ahead," he wrote.

Prince Charles & Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Charles and Camilla Celebrate Lunar New Year
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The royal couple visited London's Chinatown to witness the kick off of the Lunar New Year celebrations on Feb. 1.

Chrissy Teigen

The cookbook author celebrated with daughter Luna and son Miles, and revealed that she used a tried-and-true trick to get her youngest one into a celebratory outfit. "Pulled a little reverse psychology and told miles he was NOT to wear this hat and that I simply would NOT allow him to break this rule, so he's been wearing it non stop since yesterday lol," she wrote on Instagram alongside adorable shots of the siblings.

Henry Golding & Liv Lo

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The Snake Eyes star delighted fans with a glimpse at his daughter (with wife Liv Lo), Lyla! Decked out in a red ensemble, Lyla looked ready to celebrate her first Lunar New Year with her parents.

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