Toronto's Chinatown BIA prepares to ring in the Year of the Rooster

But the numbers exclude those of partial ethnic Chinese ancestry, who also consider themselves to be Thai Chinese and celebrate Lunar New Year.

Lim said he expects the year-on-year increase in digital payments among the bank's clients may reach 20 percent in 2017.

Schwab said she was also in discussion with a Jiu Jitsu group that does the Chinese lion dance, so that may also be an exciting feature at the event.

Generations past would celebrate the new year as a time of rest before the farm season begins.

S P Somtow, a Thai-American author and social critic, said most Thai Chinese speak Thai and are well-integrated in society. "So in Chinese religions - Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism - all support the importance of the family".

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Sun Baohong said close cultural exchanges and cooperation had become a strong driving force for the development of Ghana-China relations.


The spread of the spring festival, as China calls it, is partly due to recent emigration from China: 9.5m Chinese people have moved overseas since 1978, many of them far richer than earlier waves of migrants. Last year NY city made the lunar new year a school holiday for the first time. The date of the celebration is contingent on the beginning of the lunar calendar, Bell said. It also reflects the wealth and globe-trotting ambitions of China's new middle class: festivities in other countries are partly aimed at the 6m Chinese who are expected to spend their weeklong holiday overseas this year.

"Each of the years is assigned an element, so since there are five elements and 12 zodiac symbols, that means that a full cycle is 60 years", Gross said. Start to think about what goals you would like to accomplish and what you want to achieve this year.

The zodiacs signify the traits of those born under each respective sign. "People born in the year of the rooster are believed to be observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, talented and confident in themselves".

This month, Macy's stores nationwide will pay tribute to Lunar New Year 2017 with a wide array of educational activities and special events to commemorate the "Year of the Rooster".

While some of us have already wrapped up our New Year plans, the festivities are just getting started for many. "Almost all of it is food-focused and eating a lot and having all the family gathered together". "They are always fun and engaging".

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