Lunar New Year, Year of the Rooster

Photo courtesy of Marianne Hale

It is time to say, Gong Hey Fat Choy, in Cantonese. Or Happy Lunar New Year! It is the year 4715 on the Chinese lunar calendar, the year of the Fire Rooster.

Here is a clip from some of the festivities from a few years ago:

In San Francisco, we celebrate Chinese New Year each year with the largest parade outside of Asia. The parade started in the 1860s. This year, the parade will be held on Saturday, February 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., and it will be broadcast locally on KTVU.

There are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac and each year highlights one of the 12. In 2016, it was the year of the monkey, this year it is the rooster and in 2018 it will be the dog.

The animals at the San Francisco Zoo are getting into the spirit of a New Year celebration. On February 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests visiting the zoo will be entertained by traditional Chinese dances and going on a Chinese Zodiac Animal Scavenger Hunt, along with visiting the zoo’s more than 2,000 animals.

Here is a clip from a visit to the zoo with a very special tour guide, Nathaniel:

Gong Hey Fat Choy translates to,”Wishing you great happiness and prosperity!”