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Saturday, 28 January 2017 6:15:00 AM Australia/Sydney
Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year - the beginning of the Chinese lunar calendar. While we have Christmas and New Year as our special celebration, the biggest and longest celebration on the Chinese calendar is Chinese New Year.
Traditionally Chinese people clean their houses to drive away the bad luck of the previous year. Next year might take a while to clean, as this year is the year of the Rooster. If you were born in the year of the Rooster then this is considered to be your unlucky year. The years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017. If you are a Rooster like my parents then you can read all about the year ahead right here.
I love any celebration, and the fact that we can join in the festivities all over Australia is exciting. The hardest part, of course, is deciding what to do! You can do some cooking, or lantern making at home with the kids or head out and enjoy the lion dance, firecrackers and discuss the importance of the red and gold that adorns everything especially at this time of the year. A lot is happening throughout Australia so check out what's going on in your neighbourhood. For our Sydneysiders, head over here to see what's going on.
Posted in News By Natalie Schweikert