Oakhill College would like to wish all staff, students, parents and friends, and especially those of Chinese ethnic origin a happy new year. The Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations extend across three days and this year will occur on January 28, 29, 30th. Chinese New Year is a time when families come together and where younger members visit and give respect to their elders, and where elders (grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles) give lai see (hong bao in Mandarin) or red envelopes containing cash or ‘lucky money’ to those younger than them who are unmarried. Children and the unmarried look forward to Chinese New Year very much.
The Chinese calendar attaches different animals from the zodiac to each lunar year in a cycle of 12 years.
This year is the Year of the Rooster.
For people born in a rooster year (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) it is an unlucky time because tradition denotes that the year makes for an unlucky 12 months.
Roosters are the tenth sign in the zodiac and are confident, honest and hardworking. They also enjoy being around people but can be seen as attention seekers. The Chinese New Year greeting in Cantonese is Kung Hei Fat Choi (Cong Xi Fa Cai – Mandarin) and it is an expression of good wealth and wellbeing.
Typically, in China there are over ½ billion travel bookings over Chinese New Year as everything shuts down and people are required to take their annual holidays.