Chinese New Year 2017 is the year of the rooster! Roosters are believed to be hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented.
Within China, regional customs and traditions are the evening preceding Chinese New Year' and the day itself is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity".
Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.
A Chinese Lunar New Year festival will be celebrated on Sunday, 29 January from 10 am - 4pm on Parliament lawns in Hobart. This will be the fifth annual Lunar New Year Festival to be organised by the Chinese Community Association of Tasmania and includes entertainment, food, children's activities and performances.
Find out about Hobart's Chinese New Year events