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Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is a vibrant and festive occasion for many people in Canada. This event can last for many days and often includes various festivities such as street parades and festivals featuring dancing, traditional Chinese costumes, firework displays, food stalls, and arts and crafts. Many Chinese Canadian families spend time together giving gifts, particularly red envelopes with money (Hong BaoAng Pao, or Lai See) that are normally given to children. This year, Chinese New Year falls on January 28th, 2017.
Are you a Rooster?  This year is the year of the Rooster. The Rooster is tenth in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. Years of the Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029. People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. Hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented. Roosters are very confident.
We wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year and a happy year to come for all!
What's your Chinese zodiac sign? 
  • Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948 
  • Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949 
  • Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950 
  • Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951 
  • Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952 
  • Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953 
  • Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954 
  • Sheep: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955 
  • Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956 
  • Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957 
  • Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958 
  • Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959   
  • In Chinese astrology, the 12 animal zodiac signs each have unique characteristics. 
    • Rat: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic,  sociable. 
    • Ox: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined. 
    • Tiger: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence,  charismatic. 
    • Rabbit: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable,  caretakers. 
    • Dragon: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual,  charismatic. 
    • Snake: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant,  attentive, decisive. 
    • Horse: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent,  adventurous, strong. 
    • Sheep: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive,  calm. 
    • Monkey: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile,  lively, smart. 
    • Rooster: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse,  confident. 
    • Dog: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable,  smart. 
    • Pig: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere,  sociable. 

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