Published: Fri, January 27, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Celebrate the year of the 'Fire Rooster'

Bright red garments, gold embroidery and colourful accessories would normally have been the mode du jour for Thailand's ethnic Chinese celebrating Lunar New Year on Saturday.

From the vibrant parades to teams of lion dancers taking the streets, there is plenty to do.

The new lunar year is also celebrated in several Asian countries including Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. He added that the celebration of the new year is centered around family gathering with feasts and exchanges. People born this year and in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005 are said to have Rooster zodiac traits of being confident, loyal, capable, sociable, organized and blunt.

Universal Studios Hollywood will also celebrate Chinese New Year at the Universal Plaza.

A survey conducted by United Overseas Bank (UOB) showed that three quarters of Chinese people plan to give out their "red envelopes" through their smartphones during the Spring Festival holidays, China Youth Daily reported. May this year bring us happiness, good health, and prosperity.

Roosters are considered hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented, a logical fit for the celebration.

For western cultures the idea of the Year of the Rooster (while the year is technically the year of the Red Chicken, it will mostly likely be commonly referred to as the year of the Rooster) might suggest a symbol of helter-skelter. The New Year blessing by Au's Shaolin Arts Society begins at 5 the entrance to the Wo Hing Temple building. The Chinese New Year festivities in Central London are free to attend and take place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and across the West End.

Richmond's Aberdeen Centre hosts annual celebration of the Chinese New Year since 2003.

People wear red to celebrate the Chinese new year, as red is believed to scare off the mythical monster Nian.

Proceedings will start to wrap up at 3.45pm with the final lion and dragon dances, complete with firecrackers to ward off evil spirits. In this perspective, regulators and casino operators in both Macau and Las Vegas are probably keeping their fingers crossed, rubbing horseshoes and looking for four-leaf clovers to boost their chances in the luck battle at the start of this Chinese New Year of the Rooster! From the cheerful spirit of the Lion Dance, to mind-bending contortion the show is a colourful display of Chinese cultural tradition.

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