New Year 4702
The Blind Rooster YearóLovers Beware!
Lesson on New Year Idioms, Grammar and Vocabulary
year, based on lunar calculations, Chinese New Year will be
officially celebrated on Wednesday, February 9. However, fortune
tellers use the Xia calendar which is based on the sun. This
calendar starts the new year on Friday, February 4. Technically, the
Rooster Year will start 5 days before Chinese New Year! When this
happens, the Chinese call it a blind year.
superstitious lovers, this might not be a good year to tie the knot.
Some Chinese couples have already decided to move up or postpone
their marriages to avoid the Blind Rooster Year.
who decide to tempt the fates face a double omen. There is an
ancient belief that blind years are bad for marriage. This is
compounded by another belief that the years of the Rat, Rabbit,
Rooster, and Horse are the four years of romantic misadventures. So,
this coming new year will pose a double whammy for superstitious
For the rest of us, Chinese New Year means 15 days of
feasting and visiting friends and relatives. To all our students who
celebrate this day, the staff at PALC wish you all Xin Nien Kwai
Lehr (Mandarin), and Kung Hei Fatt Choy (Cantonese). May you have a
happy and prosperous new year!
By the way, if you donít want to reveal your age, donít
tell anyone your Chinese animal sign. The Chinese calendar has 12
animals that are recycled every 12 years. For example, someone born
in the year of the Rooster can be 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, or
108. On the other hand, you might get a very good compliment if are
mistaken for 36 when you are really 48 or 60!
know more about Chinese New Year and all its customs and traditions,
check out the sites below:
Chinese New Year Information at
University of Victoria
Chinese New Year Information from
Chinese New Year Information for
Activities for Children on Chinese
Chinese New Year at Web Holidays
Chinese New Year Resources (with
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