Lunar New Years is a time of festive celebration from traditional countdown with loud and long firecrackers reigning in the new year to quality family gathers that involves lots of food and good luck red envelopes filled with fresh crisp bills.
The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year. Each Lunar New Year is characterized by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac.
The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year rather than one month. This year, it’s the Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the cycle.