Chinese New Year 2017! Year of the Rooster!

Happy Chinese New Year!

The most important holiday in China! Celebrations will last around 2 weeks and people celebrate it in many different  ways: dragon dances, dinners, reunions, parades.

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Red has always been the official color of the Chinese New Year. This tradition comes from a legend: It all began with Nian, a beast that terrorized villagers on New Year’s Eve. He would eat their crops and even their children. Nian had a weakness and villagers discovered it: He was afraid of fire, noise, and the color red.

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This is why red is seen everywhere; it scares Nian and brings people luck. Red lanterns are hung outside, red decorations are used to hang on the walls, and also red envelopes stuffed with money are given to children.

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Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12, therefore there are 12 animals. 2017 will be the Year of the Rooster. Rooster years are 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

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An estimated three billion trips are expected for this period! It is supposed to be the largest migration of human beings in the word. Some people spend days trying to get a seat to see their families and celebrate this holiday together!

Vocabulary:

  • Crops: A plant such as a grain fruit or vegetable grown in large amounts
  • Stuffed: Filled with special material
  • Zodiac: A belt of the heavens within about 8° either side of the ecliptic, including all apparent positions of the sun, moon, and most familiar planets. It is divided into twelve equal divisions or signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces).

Were you born in a Rooster Year?

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