Although the Western world’s New Year’s celebration has passed, the Chinese calendar tells us that during the fourth weekend of January (27th to 29th) we approach the beginning of a new lunar year, the year of the Rooster. It is a traditional cultural celebration to welcome the New Year with specialty dishes and rituals in order to cultivate good fortune. According to the Chinese zodiac, the Rooster represents the tenth of twelve cycles and 2017 is a fire-Rooster year, a combination that recurs every 60 years.
Prosperity is the main wish behind many of the Chinese New Year’s customs, especially the distribution of red envelopes, which usually contain cash or precious giftable items, such as gold or jewelry. The colour red symbolizes yang – protection, good fortune and positive energy. Acknowledged as a tradition-heavy community, Chinese-Canadians make sure they celebrate the New Year’s festivities the right way, among friends and […]