Chinese New Year 2017 - Year of the RoosterThe reason is that the Chinese follow the lunar calendar and New Calendar year is on the very first new moon of the year which in 2017 is the 28th January.
The Chinese zodiac has twelve-calendar year cycles, each "characterised" by a specific animal, and this calendar year will be the change of the Rooster. In addition, the Chinese feel that each zodiac yr correlates with one particular of five elements: Gold, Wood, Drinking water, Fireplace or Earth. If you are great with arithmetic you can compute that for instance the Hearth Rooster arrives when each and every 60 many years!
Some men and women, such as me, are baffled why Chinese New Year is referred to as the Spring Competition. It truly is nothing to do with spring if you celebrate it in the very first and coldest thirty day period of the yr - January! But then the Chinese feel the stop of coldest element of the year is guiding them and they can commence hunting forward to the beginning of spring. I think this check out arrives from the villages when impatient farmers could not wait to get again in their fields and start doing work on their crops. Celebrating the Spring Pageant in January offers them encouragement and hope that the prolonged, chilly winter season days are drawing to an end.
The stop of the Chinese New Year is marked by the Lantern Pageant which is fourteen times from the Chinese New Yr itself and so this yr will slide on the eleventh February 2017. This day in China is equal to Valentine's Working day as well.
The Chinese are very superstitious and below are a couple of items you must not do for the duration of Chinese New Calendar year:
Do not clean your hair or outfits - you may wash away excellent luck
Do not consume porridge as it might bring poverty
Do not consider any drugs or visit hospitals - it my provide sick overall health during the 12 months
The rice jar have to be entire to symbolise prosperity
Do not put on black or white as these colours signify mortality
Do not steal, borrow cash or destroy
Instead of all the over you should do the adhering to:
Give red envelopes loaded with income, but stay away from amounts these kinds of as forty yuan or four hundred yuan.The variety '4' in Chinese appears like 'death'.
If feasible put crisp, new banknotes inside. Supplying creased banknotes is in bad taste.
Take in fish, dumplings, rice cakes for wealth and prosperity, and never neglect to try to eat Longevity noodles!
Hold red lanterns todrive absent undesirable luck.
Paste slogans on your doorway this kind of as Greatest Needs for the Coming 12 months
See the old 12 months out and the new 1 in by setting off firecrackers. The tradition is to established off small types first to see the previous calendar year out then Siu, Tran (1st elected) for the new 12 months - the louder the sound the better the calendar year will be.