A wet Lunar New Year weekend has been forecast, but that is unlikely to dampen the festive mood as most celebrations are expected to be indoors with family and friends. Outdoor fireworks can be impacted but that will only be minimal as the festival is all about family reunions.
We are leaving behind the Year of the Monkey which was deemed to be an unlucky one from Day 1.
The Year of the Rooster is expected to be an unlucky one for the Roosters – that is those born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005.
As the Chinese are present in very large numbers worldwide, the Lunar New Year gets a grand launch internationally. Celebrations in London are generally among the finest as you will see in this Mirror report.
Here are some photographs I took at a mall last week in San Francisco (Westfield San Francisco) where details on the Lunar New Year were on display. The Chinese account for 23% of the city’s population.
Here’s wishing you all a fabulous Year of the Rooster!
G Joslin Vethakumar