Christmas is over now, but your will to celebrate may still be with you. If that’s your case, remember that the most important traditional Chinese celebration is right around the corner: The Chinese New Year will take place on the 28th January!

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring festival, celebrates the change of year according to the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is celebrated in many countries where there is a significant Chinese population, like Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, among others. In the last few years, the Chinese New Year has started to be celebrated also by the non-Chinese, as there are more and more Chinese communities in western countries.

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The Chinese New Year is a beautiful tradition: The streets are decorated with paper lanterns (usually in red, as it is the colour of good luck), and also with figures of the animal of the year that is starting. The Chinese clean their house in-depth to save everything they want to keep from the old year, and they place images of the gods to protect it from evil spirits. Of course, there is a huge celebration as well: there is a feast with the family and fireworks!

Chinese New Year: The Year of the Rooster

As you probably know, the Chinese lunar calendar is linked to their horoscope, which has 12 numbers. Every year is the year of one of these animals, and this Chinese New Year will be the Year of the Rooster, which doesn’t have a good prospective for the Rooster-born, that is, those born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005. The Year of the Rooster is considered to be the unluckiest for those who were born in it. You can believe in this or not, of course but in case you do, remember that your unlucky colour is red, and your unlucky numbers are 1, 3 and 9. Your lucky colours are gold, brown and yellow, and your lucky numbers 5, 7 and 8.

Are you going to celebrate the Chinese New Year? How so? Don’t forget to tell us in the comment section, we’d love to hear about it!

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