It’s celebration time in China as Chinese New Year 2017 has begun which is the Year of the Rooster and will continue till February 15, 2018. The Chinese New Year, also called as the Spring Festival, falls on January 28, 2017, in the traditional first month of lunisolar Chinese calendar and the date changes from year to.
People start to celebrate the New Year traditionally the day before the New Year (New Year’s Eve) and will continue to the 15th day of the lantern festival. It’s their important celebrations in the year and will be a week long holiday in China.
Happy Chinese New Year 2017
The Chinese New Year dates back to ancient days which still have significance of several myths and traditions. It’s a festival to honour their deities and ancestors. The festival is celebrated in several countries, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius and Australia, and the Philippines.
The celebration starts the evening of the preceding New year with people gathering at homes with families for the annual reunion dinner. The New Year is significant to red colour, as they cleanse and decorate their house with red colour papers, lighting crackers and offering money in red envelope.
New Year Custom and Tradition
Chinese characterize each New Year with 12 animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac. This year, they name it as the Year of Rooster, the 10th animal in the zodiac. The next Rooster year will come in 2029. They say people born in the Year of the Rooster will be brave, responsible and punctual.
Traditionally, red envelopes or red packets re passed out during the Chinese New Year’s celebrations, from married couples or the elderly to unmarried juniors. It is also common for adults or young couples to give red packets to children.
In addition to red envelopes, which are usually given from older people to younger people, small gifts (usually food or sweets) are also exchanged between friends or relatives. Firecrackers have their traditional significance in the Chinese New Year, usually hundreds of crackers stung together will be lighted which created loud popping noise and smoke. The burning of firecrackers also signifies a joyful time of year and has become an integral aspect of Chinese New Year celebrations.
Characteristics of the Rooster
Those who born in the Year of the Rooster will be honest, energetic, intelligent, and confident. The general image of people in this zodiac sign is that they are hardworking, resourceful, confident and talented. In addition, their active, talkative and engaging ways make them popular with people.
Strengths: healthy, sporty, self-assured
Weaknesses: a little sensitive, stressed, moody
Lucky Signs for the Rooster
- Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 8
- Lucky colours: brown, gold and yellow
- Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb
- Lucky directions: south, southeast
Popular Chinese New Year Greetings
1. 新年好 / 新年好 (Xīnnián hǎo) ‘New Year goodness!’
In Mandarin: /sshin-nyen haoww/
In Cantonese: /sen-nin haow/
2. 恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財 (Gōngxǐ fācái) ‘Happiness and prosperity!’
In Mandarin: /gong-sshee faa-tseye/
In Cantonese: Kunghei fatchoy /gong-hey faa-chwhy/
3. 步步高升 / 步步高陞 (Bùbù gāoshēng) A steady rise to high places! — “on the up and up”
In Mandarin: /boo-boo gaoww-shnng /
In Cantonese: /boh-boh goh-sshin /
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