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:
Xin Nian Kuai Le!
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!
새해 복 많이 받으세요
Happy Lunar New Year!