The Chinese New Year festival is centuries old and there are many myths and traditions around it. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour the Gods as well as ancestors and is considered a major holiday time.
This New Year is celebrated at the turn of the traditional luni-solar Chinese calendar and they celebrate traditionally from the evening before the first day to the Lantern Festival on the 15th of the first calendar month. The new moon will be between 21 January and 20 February and this signifies where the first day of the New Year falls. Each year is represented by one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and they are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
This year (2017), the first day of the Chinese New Year is on Saturday 28 January which means it will be a year of the rooster.