Chinese New Year facts and trivia you need to know

Chinese New Year facts and trivia you need to know

Chinese New Year facts and trivia you need to know

Lunar New Year celebrations are also being held across Queen Victoria Market, Docklands and along the Yarra River, with a ceremony to close the Chinese New Year Festival at Queensbridge Square on February 12. Other rooster years including 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005. They have been exclusively designed for the event by Asian-Australian artists and reach up to 10 metres tall. But never give sharp objects, which "cut ties" to that person; white or black objects, which are reserved for funerals; mirrors, as they attract unfriendly spirits; or shoes, clocks, handkerchiefs, cut flowers or umbrellas, because the words sound similar to things like "funeral", "evil" and "breakup" in most Chinese dialects.

For Asian-Americans, gathering with family may be more hard, as work and academic schedules aren't created to accommodate the Lunar New Year.

The year of the rooster kicks off on January 28, with dozens of celebrations planned across the GTA.

Along with celebrations all over the globe, Chinese New Year boasts the world's largest annual human migration.

Spectators along the parade route will delight in the local traditions of dragon and lion dances, magic shows, clown acts and percussion performed by 26 roving groups. As 2017 is the year of the rooster, decorations related to the bird are very popular.

One common tradition includes gifting red envelopes, or "lai see", which are filled with "lucky money".

Organizers say a year ago 1,000 people came out to celebrate with them.

That's because the holiday is based on the lunar calendar as opposed to the solar calendar we're used to using.

Every 12 years there is a Rooster year, beginning at Chinese New Year.

The Lunar New Year's Eve dinner is also known as the "reunion dinner" which is considered as the important meal of the entire year. The province reaped tourist revenues of 520 million yuan (USD 75 million), up 25.9 per cent year on year, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Mr Haines explained: "The Fire Rooster year can be a wonderful year when you solve inner conflicts and complex problems in your life".

Spending on Chinese payment cards is expected to be 40% higher than average for this time of year.

"On the occasion of the Spring Festival, I wish all the people of China a happy and prosperous Year of the Rooster", Modi said in his greeting posted on his Chinese social media platform, Weibo.

This year, though, it begins on a weekend, so we hope that makes it easier for families to get together.

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