Happy Chinese New Year 2017!
|The Year of the Rooster
It's the lunar New Year, and around the world millions of people have been gathering with families for two weeks of celebrations to welcome in the year of the Rooster!
The Chinese New Year which is also know was the Spring Festival celebrations started on 28th January and will traditionally be marked with the giving of gifts and celebrations with family, as well as considering what the sign of the Rooster will mean for the year ahead.
When is Chinese New Year, and Why Does The Date Change Every Year?
The Year of the Rooster began on 28th January and celebrations started on the 27th January and will last for around two weeks, making this the longest holiday in the Chinese calendar.
Based on the lunar calendar, The Chinese New Year takes place on a different date every year and always falls between the end of January and the middle of February.
|What Animal Represents This Year?
As we know each Chinese year is denoted by a different symbol from a 12 year animal zodiac, with this year being matched to the tenth sign, which is the year of the Rooster.
How is Chinese New Year celebrated?
Chinese New Year is celebrated with the ringing of bells, and watching traditional lion dances.
The Spring Festival celebration is seen as an important date, with families gathering together for a reunion dinner. Firecrackers are then let off to signal the end of last year and the beginning of next.
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