Saturday, January 28, 2017

Today is the Chinese New Year - 2017 is the Year of the Rooster

Happy Chinese New Year! The Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival in China, and it is celebrated in numerous countries in eastern Asia, as well as by people in Asian communities throughout the world. 

Yes, today is the celebration of the turning of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. I have been hearing on the radio (NPR) as well as on social media that the streets of cities throughout China are empty right now, as people return to their rural hometowns to be with their families for this special holiday season.

This new year is the Year of the Rooster. Last year was the Year of the Monkey. 

Celebrations traditionally run from the evening before the first official day of the Chinese New Year, and go to the Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first calendar month.

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