Lunar New Year
Within the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Rooster officially starts the first day of the new lunar year, which follows the phases of the moon. In 2017, Lunar New Year day is Saturday, January 28.
The Chinese and Vietnamese zodiacs are represented by 12 animals. According to legend, the Jade Emperor invited the animals of his kingdom to enter a race through the countryside. The first 12 to first finish the long race would each rule over one year every 12 years. The 12 animals are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit (or cat in Vietnam), dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
Each zodiac animal brings its own personality and characteristics to the year. Can you imagine what a rooster year might be like?
Rooster years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Famous Roosters: Confucius, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce Knowles, Groucho Marx, Zayn Malik, Serena Williams, Yoko Ono, Rabindranath Tagore
Characteristics of people born in the Year of the Rooster: Confident, hardworking, resourceful, confident, active, outspoken, social, independent.
Our favorite ways to celebrate Lunar New Year
- Lunar New Year events, including our Lunar New Year Fair on Saturday, January 28th (FREE admission for kids and students (with ID), sponsored by the Vietnamese-American Bar Association of Washington)
- Special Lunar New Year guided tours, including our ever-popular dumpling food tour and school tours
- New Year All Year Round exhibit in KidPLACE - this year's exhibit features Chinese, Laotian and Polynesian American communities
- Year of the Rooster Coloring Contest for a chance to win $800 gift certificate to The Bellevue Collection
Community Sponsors and Partners
Lunar New Year Sponsors and Partners