Year of 2017

A brown leghorn rooster

Per the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the rooster. It’s also the first day of the lunar year, an observance celebrated in China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Tibet, and Vietnam. (In the West, we often simplify the name of this day as Chinese New Year.) So to remind you to celebrate the start of a new year—yes, you get two tries if you embrace both the lunar and the solar calendars—we bring you this photo of a brown leghorn, one of the best-dressed roosters around. How will you celebrate the Chinese New Year today?

Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival” in modern Mainland China, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February. In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year is on Saturday, 28 January, initiating the year of the Rooster.