The Lunar New Year in 2017 falls on Saturday, January 28, bringing in the Chinese year of the Rooster.
East Asian Lunar New Year celebrations are, or were historically, based on the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar (occurring in late January or early February), and include Chinese New Year, Japanese New Year (prior to 1873), Korean New Year (Seollal), Vietnamese New Year (Tết), Mongolian New Year (Tsagaan Sar), and Tibetan New Year (Losar). Southeast Asian and South Asian traditional lunisolar celebrations are, or were historically, observed according to the local lunisolar calendars and include Burmese New Year (Thingyan), Cambodian New Year (Chaul Chnam Thmey), Thai New Year (Songkran), Vishu (Malayalee New Year), and many others.
New Year festivals are centuries old and traditionally a time to honour deities and ancestors. Look for window and door decorations in your community or partake in local festivities and help to celebrate the year of the Rooster!
Find out more about the 2017 year of the Rooster.