All of us at China Insight hope you had a great holiday season and are managing to cope with the exceptionally frigid weather we are experiencing. We are excited to resume our regular publishing schedule after taking a month off. We are reenergized and proud to begin our 16th year of publishing. We continue to be committed to focusing on promoting cultural and business understanding between the U.S. and the Peoples Republic of China, along with serving the Chinese community of the Twin Cities.
As most of you may know already, Chinese New Year 2017 will occur on January 28. We wish all our friends in the community a Happy Chinese New Year (Gung hey fat choi) as we prepare to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, which 2017 will be year 4715, other rooster years are1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005.If you were born a Rooster, you will often find success when you allow yourself to be led by your instinct. Each Chinese zodiac year begins on Chinese New Year's Day.
Although there are many interesting legends and stories explaining the start of the Chinese New Year festival, the main two reasons for the festival are:
To celebrate a year of hard work, have a good rest, and relax with family
To wish for a lucky and prosperous coming year
Chinese believe a good start to the year will lead to a lucky year. Chinese traditionally celebrated the start of a new year of farm work, and wished for a good harvest (when most were farmers). This has now evolved to celebrating the start of a new business year and wishing for profits and success in various vocations. There are many traditions followed by Chinese, which you may find in past January-March issues of China Insight at www.chinainsight.info. More modern activities include watching the CCTV Gala, sending instant message greetings, and cyber money gifts. Browse through this issue to find details of local organizations celebrating Chinese New Year, including Mall of America and the CAAM Chinese Dance Theatre.
As always, we appreciate your support and wish all of you a healthy and prosperous Year of the Rooster.
Gregory J. Hugh
Publisher - CEO - China Insight, Inc.