Happy Chinese New Year 2017! The Chinese Lunar New Year 2017 New Year’s Eve was celebrated by the Chinese on Friday, January 27. The 2017 Chinese New Year aka the Spring Festival began on Saturday, January 28. The festivities in China will go on until Thursday, February 2, 2017, as the Chinese New Year is the biggest festival in China and thereby the biggest holiday in the country, where families get together and celebrate, exchange gifts and these days also exchange messages on WhatsApp, SMS, Facebook, Twitter and Chinese social media sites. The Chinese New Year or the Chinese Zodiac is dedicated to a particular animal each year. The Chinese New Year 2017 is the Year of the Rooster or the Chicken. Each animal in a Chinese New Year is paired with one of the five elements of Fire, Water, Metal (Gold), Wood and Earth. In the Chinese Lunar New Year 2017 the animal that is the Rooster has been combined with the element of Fire. Hence, it is the Year of the Fire Rooster in 2017. According to information on the website China Highlights, the Fire Rooster is “Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work”.

Like the Gregorian calendar has 12 zodiac signs, the Chinese Zodiac has 12 animals in the order of the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The Chinese Zodiac is also known as the Shengxiào Zodiac or the the Shio Zodiac. According to the list of animals in the zodiac, 2015 was the Year of the Goat and 2016 was the Year of the Monkey; with 2017 being the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese Lunar New Year. The year one is born in determines the animal against each individual. According to the Chinese Lunar New Year calendar, people born in the years of 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2029 are Roosters. Here are some special Chinese New Year 2017 messages for you to send to your loved ones and friends on WhatsApp and other social media!

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Happy Chinese New Year 2017! May you be happy and prosperous.

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Happy Chinese New Year 2017! Wish you luck in the Year of the Rooster.

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Happy Chinese New Year 2017! May all your wishes come true.

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Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

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Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

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Happy Chinese New Year 2017! Happiness, Prosperity and Longevity to you!

The Chinese Lunar New Year is celebrated every year around the time when spring is closest to the New Moon Day. The important dates of the Chinese Lunar New Year 2017 are: January 27 – Friday, Chinese New Year’s Eve 2017; Saturday, January 28 – Chinese New Year’s Day 2017, also the First Day of First Month; Sunday, January 29 – Second Day of First Month. (Imaging by Ranjeet Parab; Messages courtesy of AccessChinese.)