Jan. 28th – Chinese New Year
Like Christmas/New Year in other countries, Chinese New Year is simply a much-needed winter holiday at an auspicious time. Chinese New Year was set to coincide with the slack time just before a new year of farm work begins, as a time of preparation.
Chinese traditionally celebrated the start of a new year of farm work, and wished/prayed for a good harvest. This has now evolved into celebrating the start of a new business year and wishing for profits and success in various vocations.
Traditional (mostly rural) folk start cleaning their houses to welcome a new year from the 23rd of the twelfth lunar month (January 20, 2017).
Traditionally the end of the Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year holiday) is the Lantern Festival — Chinese month 1 day 15 (February 11, 2017). Then beautiful lanterns are displayed and sweet rice dumpling soup is eaten.
2017 Is a Rooster Year!
Chinese New Year 2017 begins a year of the Rooster. It’s considered a bad year for “Roosters”: people born in a Rooster year.
“Roosters” are hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented…