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Chinese New Year Glamping

It’s the Year of the Rooster (sometime referred to as the Year of the Cockerel) … so what’s in store if you’re ‘feathered one’ of the Chinese Zodiac cycle?

The Chinese New Year starts on 28th January, and takes place on a different date each year. Chinese culture follows the lunar calendar, while here in the UK, we use the Gregorian calendar, and celebrate New Year on the 1st January each year.

So if you were born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 or 2005, then you were born in the Year of the Rooster.

Roosters are considered to be hardworking, honest and confident, as well as enjoying being round people. They are also trustworthy, with a good sense of timekeeping, and are very career focused.

New Year traditions for Chinese families include presenting children with red envelopes holding lucky money, along with presenting written wishes for their children will grow up healthy.

Of course you could celebrate in your own way by going for the lucky eight when celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Rooster…

  • Attend a fireworks party (the loud bangs are said to scare away evil spirits) or if you can’t find one, why not light some sparklers!
  • Wear red, a lucky colour in Chinese culture
  • Prepare some delicious Chinese food
  • Clean your house (to sweep away bad spirits)
  • Find out which sign of the Chinese Zodiac applies to you – and see how accurate the character traits are!
  • Impress your family and friends with the knowledge that Chinese New Year is known in modern China at the Spring Festival
  • Hold a reunion dinner inviting friends and family round.
  • The Chinese New year is celebrated with the occurrence of the first new moon between the dates of 21st January and 20th February.

The other signs of the Chinese Zodiac are:
Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Dog and Pig and they can be surprisingly accurate with their character traits!

So find out which applies to you, and make the most of the Year of the Rooster!