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Lunar New Year 2017 will be celebrated January 28th this year.  This holiday is recognized in many countries, including China, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and more. The New Year starts with the first new moon and ends 15 days later, when the moon is full, with the Lantern Festival.

Each year of the zodiac cycle is represented by different animals. For China, Korea and Taiwan, the 12 animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The year 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. People born during the lunar years of 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017, are Roosters and described as courageous, hardworking, shrewd, arrogant and eccentric.

In celebration of the New Year, people will travel back to their home to be with all of their family and many celebrations including a parade will be held. Children are given “lucky money” to symbolize luck and wealth. Much time is spent on preparing feasts for the family and visitors. Many superstitions surround the holiday, with a few listed below:

  • Clean your house before New Year begins to sweep out last year’s back luck, but do not sweep on New Year’s Day or you might sweep away good fortune.
  • Don’t use knives or scissors because it could cut your good luck.
  • Wearing red and gold symbolizes luck and wealth, do not wear white as it symbolizes mourning.
  • Cut your hair and buy new clothes to wear on New Year’s Day so that evil spirits won’t recognize you.
  • Pay off old debts and forgive old grudges.
  • The later the children stay up on New Year’s Eve, the longer their parents’ life will be.
  • Oranges and tangerines are given as gifts from visitors to symbolize wealth.

Xin Nian Kuai Le! 

Gung Hay Fat Choy! 

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

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Happy Lunar New Year!