Chinese New Year 2017: Year of the Rooster do's and don'ts

How Lunar New Year traditions change through the generations                      More

How Lunar New Year traditions change through the generations More

Millions of people will be taking part in celebrations across the world, making this one of the most important festivals for many people of Asian heritage.

Leung took a week off to celebrate the Year of the Rooster and completed chores such as sweeping the house clean, which means ridding the family of ill fortune. This tradition was already injected in the Filipino culture every New Year as it became a norm of gathering different kinds of round fruits that symbolize money.

Here are a few other key dos and don'ts that many Chinese follow before and after the Lunar New Year.

Don't wear black: It is a taboo for a person to wear black clothing, as it relates to death and mourning.

Many people already know that red is associated with luck and prosperity, hence all the fiery hues you see on Lunar New Year decorations and clothing. This is also the day of the second new moon after the winter solstice. Also known in China as the Spring Festival, it's marked by around one-sixth of the world's population and is celebrated as Tet in Vietnam, Seollal in Korea, Losar in Tibet and Tsagaan Sar in Mongolia.

You can check out some family-friendly events here in and around the Garden State.People walk under a sculpture decorated with a rooster in downtown Singapore as part of celebrations ahead of the Chinese lunar new year.

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Wong wishes all Calgarians well in the Year of the Rooster.

A new colour scheme, revamped menu, and an expanded deck area are among the amenities the Asia-born group saw on arrival in the Friendly City, complemented by a full Chinese buffet catered by the popular Dragon Court Restaurant. "He's the typical guy now that symbolises the year of the rooster", Pon said. Tradition dictates a Thanksgiving-style family gathering on New Year's Eve with a grand feast featuring "lucky" foods that symbolize wealth and good health.

These red envelopes are often decorated with gold characters and are given to children, unmarried adults and elders.

Sweep, mop, scrub, dust, vacuum, steam - do anything and everything to make sure your home is spick and span BEFORE the stroke of midnight on Lunar New Year eve, January 27. Now, chicken feet don't have any special meaning in the Year of the Rooster, But Chu says it's just a good excuse to eat them.

Will you see a lion dance, admire the fascinating dough sculptures often seen around the dawn of a new year, watch martial arts in action, and dine upon traditional Chinese dishes, from noodles to meats to candies?

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