How to Celebrate the Year of the Rooster

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Year of the Rooster” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:36|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Droid%20Sans%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” link=”|||”][vc_column_text]As the Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) approaches I began to ask myself, will the Japanese be welcoming in the ‘Year of the Rooster’ alongside the Chinese


Before the Meiji period, the date of the New Year was based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar alongside China, Vietnam and Korea.  However, in 1873 Japan began a period of intense industrialisation which brought about big changes to Japan’s political and social structure.  As a result, Japan adopted the western Gregorian Calendar and the date of the New Year became 1st January

It turns out that officially, the answer is no.  There is no official holiday to mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year. However, there are still many who celebrate their past traditions.


How to Celebrate New Year

Saturday 28th January sees the East welcome the ‘Year of the Fire Rooster’ we can expect to see global celebrations in an explosion of light and sound.  This includes the ringing of bells, firecrackers and watching traditional dances.


Similar to our own celebrations families gather for reunion dinner.  This takes place on New Year’s Eve, they then clean their houses to sweep away the bad fortune on New Year’s Day.


Traditionally children are given lucky red envelopes stuffed with money and positive wishes.  You might have guessed it; they even have a red envelope app for that!!!


More about the ‘Fire Rooster’


Fire Roosters are known for being trustworthy, punctual and responsible (especially at work).

The other types are Wood Roosters, Earth Roosters, Gold Roosters and Water Roosters.

On the whole, Roosters are active, amusing, popular, healthy, outspoken, honest, loyal, talkative and charming.

They are also known to enjoy the spotlight – but can be vain and boastful.

Famous faces born in the Year of the Rooster include Prince Philip, Serena Williams, Beyoncé, Roger Federer and Justin Timberlake.


So, whether you are celebrating the Lunar New Year or not. Let us take this opportunity to say[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6403″ img_size=”medium” onclick=”custom_link” link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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