On January 27th 2017, celebrations across the world will commence for the Chinese New Year. Usually people have 7 consecutive days off from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the sixth day after Chinese New Year’s Day.

Traditionally the Chinese New Year is celebrated over 16 days, from New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival. Within this time period, many activities are carried out, including cleaning the house, new year shopping, putting up spring couplets, reunion dinners, fireworks, ‘sacrifices’ to ancestors, visiting friends and relatives, eating sweet dumplings and finally lighting and watching the lanterns.

On the day of the actual new year, nearly all Chinese people will go out to greet and send wishes to each other. In the morning, there will be a grand imperial praying ceremony at the Temple of Heaven. Ditan Park is one of the busiest areas as it is the site of the altar where sacrifices were formerly offered to the earth god.

2017 will be the year of the Rooster in the Chinese Zodiac. The Rooster is tenth in Chinese Zodiac and are considered hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented.

1 Red Decoration
people begin to decorate their houses around 10 days before. Almost all decorations involved the color red and lucky images. 2016 is a year of the Rooster, so Rooster decorations will appear.