Happy Chinese New Year!! As we begin the celebration of 2017, the year of the Fire Rooster, here is a little history on arguable the most important holiday in China.
Chinese New Year is not celebrated at the same time as New Year in the western world because it is tied to the lunar calendar. It usually falls between January 21 and February 20, this year celebrations start on January 27th and will last for around two weeks.
The festivities include fireworks, traditional dances, and general New Year revelry and decorations, especially in the color red. To prepare, it is common to do a full cleaning of the house; to sweep away the bad fortune and welcome the new. One of the most important traditions is to gather for a family reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve, especially with those from far away. Fish is normally served to ensure prosperity and in Northern China dumplings are traditional. On New Year’s Day children are given red envelopes with ‘lucky money’ for positive wishes throughout the New Year.
The Chinese zodiac runs on a 12 year cycle; this is the year of the Fire Rooster. There are 5 different types of Roosters: Wood Roosters, Earth Roosters, Gold Roosters and Water Roosters, all with different characteristics. The last year of the Fire Rooster was 1957. Fire Roosters are known for being trustworthy, punctual and responsible, especially at work. Overall Roosters are outspoken, honest, loyal, talkative, popular, charming, active and amusing.
Some famous Roosters include Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, J-Lo, Bob Marley, Britney Spears, Roger Federer, Prince Philip, and Serena Williams.
Gong Hey Fat Choy! Aka Happy New Year! Much joy and prosperity to you and yours.