Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

by Mamello Sejake                              Posted: 2017/01/30

All you need to know about the Chinese New Year.

Over this past weekend Chinese communities across the globe got merry in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The New Year is held as one of the most significant traditional celebrations within the Chinese culture and annually instigates Chinese family reunions. Like most cultures around the world once together the families have a huge feast on New Year's Eve, clean their houses to rid themselves of bad fortune on New Year's Day while simultaneously adorning their homes with red lanterns along with posters of poetic verses.

By tradition, kids would be given red envelopes filled with 'lucky money' and positive wishes on New Year's Day. Naturally, this tradition has caught up with the technological era and some teens now have red envelope apps, which means that their relatives can transfer cash digitally.

This year marks the lunar New Year, which means that merrymakers throughout the world are knee deep in a two week long celebration dedicated at welcoming twelve months of the Rooster.

This January symbolizes the beginning of the year of the Rooster, which is defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle. Unlike our festivities, which take place annually at midnight between the 31st of December and the 1st of January, Chinese New Year isn’t a celebration bound to a single unchanging date. Chinese New Year takes place on a different date every year. The change in dates is based on the lunar calendar. This year’s celebrations began on the 27th of January, New Year's Eve, and will spill out across two weeks, marking this as the longest holiday on the Chinese calendar. This year the festivities are set to end on the 2nd of February.

The Rooster ranks tenth out of the twelve animals in the twelve year Chinese zodiac cycle. 2017 is one of the years of the Rooster. Every twelve years there is a Rooster year, beginning at Chinese New Year. A year of the Rooster continuously comes after a Monkey year and afore a Dog year.

In Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is not just allied with an animal sign but also one of five elements which are gold (metal), wood, water, fire and earth. Both the zodiac sign along with the element shape the astrology of the year. For example, 2017 is a fire Rooster year. Element-sign combinations happen again every sixty years.

Are you a rooster? Rooster years include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

Click on the link to find out what your Chinese zodiac sign and element are.


According to Chinese astrology rooster years are not lucky for roosters! Apparently, the year of one's birth sign is the most unfortunate year in the twelve year cycle. Also, in a year of your sign, horoscopes for all phases of your life are not expected to be very good. However, this is reversible fate by focusing attention to the God of Age “star” and repelling bad luck. So… roosters it is advised that you be more careful in 2017.

The Luckiest Things for Roosters

Lucky numbers: 5, 7 and 8

Lucky days: the 4th and 26th of any Chinese lunar month

Lucky colors: gold, brown, and yellow

Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb

Lucky directions: south, southeast

Lucky months: the 2nd, 5th, and 11th Chinese lunar months.

Things That Roosters Should Avoid

Unlucky color: red

Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, and 9

Unlucky direction: east

Unlucky months: the 3rd, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months


Chinese New Year is celebrated with the ringing of bells, setting off firecrackers and watching the traditional lion dances which also took place across Johannesburg.

The lion dance is a customary Chinese dance performed on special occasions, such as the Spring Festival for good luck, because it is believed that the lion is a favorable animal. It is believed that the lion ushers in good luck and prosperity by chasing away evil spirits that block the way for good spirits.

So to you reading this; may this year be a prosperous one filled with nothing but good health, excellent fortune and all the happiness your heart could ever hold irrespective of your Chinese zodiac sign. 

All you need to know about the Chinese New Year.



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