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Chinese New Year Kicks Off

Chinese New Year Kicks Off

A large, parade followed by fireworks, kicked off this year’s Chinese Lunar New Year. In China, residents celebrated the Year of the Rooster by lighting lanterns throughout the country.

The week-long celebration, aptly referred to as “Golden Week”, is attended by family members, friends, and tourists. According to travel website, Ctrip, Chinese tourists are expected to spend 100 billion yuan (about $14.5 billion U.S. dollars) over the course of the week. Chinese New Year is also the largest known human migration, spanning from January 28 to February 21.

According to the Telegraph, “People born in the Year of the Rooster are characterized as honest, energetic, intelligent, flexible and confident.

“The general image of people in this zodiac sign is that they are hardworking, resourceful, confident, and talented.  In addition, their active, talkative, and engaging ways make them popular with people. They are happiest when they are in company, enjoying the spotlight."

  • Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 8
  • Lucky colors: brown, gold and yellow
  • Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb 
  • Lucky directions: south, southeast

Click here to watch a video of Chinese New Year celebrated around the world and here for photos.