Like American New Year’s Eve, celebrations start on January 27, New Year’s Eve, and continue for around two weeks – ending on February 2nd. The year lasts until February 15, 2018.
Celebrations include explosion of light and sound such as bell ringing, firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances. Families gather for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year’s Day.
Traditionally, kids are given red envelopes stuffed with ‘lucky money’ and positive wishes on New Year’s Day. Now teens have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.
The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, and those born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005 are also known as Roosters.
Not all Roosters are equal – there are five different types of animals in Chinese astrology, each with different characteristics. The last time it was the year of the Fire Rooster, was in 1957. Fire Roosters are known for being trustworthy, punctual and responsible (especially at work). Roosters are active, amusing, popular, healthy, outspoken, honest, loyal, talkative and charming. They also enjoy the spotlight – but can be vain and boastful. Donny Osmond, Martin Luther King III, Stephen Fry are all Fire Roosters.
According to Chinese astrology, the year of one’s birth sign is the most unlucky year in the 12-year cycle. In a year of your sign, horoscopes for all aspects of your life will not be very good. However, you can reverse fate by attention to the God of Age “star” and warding off bad luck.
The top of the Empire State Building in Midtown Manhattan, New York, will shine in red and gold on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27 in a salute to the Chinese Lunar New Year that starts on Jan. 28.
On the 26th there were fireworks over the Hudson.