Happy Chinese New Year, But What is the Year of the Rooster?

Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! You’ve probably been made aware, in one way or another, that Chinese New Year has kicked off today but you might not know the reasons why they have a different calendar – or what animal it is the year of this time round!

When is Chinese New Year 2017?

Chinese New Year 2017 – the Year of the Rooster – will be marked across the world today, Saturday January 28, with many festivities beginning last night.

Celebrations will continue until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month – February 11.

The date is dictated by the Chinese lunar calendar which is organised around the movements of the moon, and differs each year. Usually it falls between January 21 and February 20.

The Chinese zodiac denotes one of 12 animals to each new year.

The Year of the Rooster lasts until February 15, 2018.

What is this year’s animal?

The Year of the Rooster takes over from the Year of the Monkey.

Babies who will be born in the new year, as well as those born in 1957, are fire roosters – said to be trustworthy and responsible with a good sense of timekeeping.

Roosters are said to be the most motivated animal in the Chinese zodiac and always put their careers first.

Babies born this year will be well suited to becoming a journalist, soldier or surgeon – according to traditional beliefs.

How is Chinese New Year celebrated?

Families will wear brand new clothes, usually head-to-toe in red, to symbolise a new beginning and to ward off bad fortune.

Red envelopes containing money are often exchanged to scare away evil spirits.

The amount given must be an even number as odd numbers are associated with funerals.

Chinese New Year

GETTY2016 was the Year of the Monkey

 

Fireworks

GETTY Firework displays will usher in the new year

The number eight is considered lucky because its homophone sounds like wealth, while the number six sounds like the word for smooth and is also hugely appreciated.

The number four should not be given because its homophone sounds like death.

To mark the new year grand fireworks displays will be held and Chinese people will set off firecrackers for several days.

The loud bangs are thought to ward off bad spirits.

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