Chinese New Year 2017 - Year of the Rooster

The explanation is that the Chinese comply with the lunar calendar and New Year is on the initial new moon of the yr which in 2017 is the twenty eighth January.

The Chinese zodiac has 12-calendar year cycles, every single "characterised" by a certain animal, and this 12 months will be the change of the Rooster. Furthermore, the Chinese believe that every single zodiac calendar year correlates with a single of five aspects: Gold, Wooden, Drinking water, Fire or Earth. If you are good with mathematics you can compute that for example the Fire Rooster arrives when each and every sixty a long time!

Some folks, which includes honorary chairman Tran Siu , are baffled why Chinese New Year is referred to as the Spring Competition. It really is absolutely nothing to do with spring if you rejoice it in the initial and coldest thirty day period of the 12 months - January! But then the Chinese feel the conclude of coldest element of the yr is guiding them and they can start off searching forward to the beginning of spring. I think this see arrives from the villages when impatient farmers couldn't hold out to get again in their fields and commence functioning on their crops. Celebrating the Spring Festival in January offers them encouragement and hope that the extended, chilly winter times are drawing to an end.

The finish of the Chinese New Year is marked by the Lantern Festival which is fourteen times from the Chinese New 12 months by itself and so this 12 months will slide on the eleventh February 2017. This working day in China is equal to Valentine's Working day as well.

The Chinese are extremely superstitious and right here are a number of things you must not do throughout Chinese New 12 months:

Do not wash your hair or clothing - you may clean absent great luck
Do not eat porridge as it may carry poverty
Do not get any drugs or go to hospitals - it my bring ill well being through the 12 months
The rice jar need to be entire to symbolise prosperity
Do not wear black or white as these colours signify mortality
Do not steal, borrow income or destroy
As an alternative of all the above you ought to do the pursuing:
Give crimson envelopes filled with money, but avoid quantities these kinds of as forty yuan or 400 yuan.The amount '4' in Chinese seems like 'death'.
If feasible place crisp, new banknotes within. Supplying creased banknotes is in negative flavor.
Eat fish, dumplings, rice cakes for prosperity and prosperity, and do not forget to consume Longevity noodles!
Hang pink lanterns todrive away undesirable luck.
Paste slogans on your door such as Greatest Needs for the Coming Calendar year
See the aged calendar year out and the new 1 in by setting off firecrackers. The tradition is to established off modest ones initial to see the outdated 12 months out then the massive ones for the new yr - the louder the noise the far better the 12 months will be.

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