2017 is a year of the Rooster according to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle.
The main traditional celebrations of the festival include eating reunion dinner with family, giving red envelopes, firecrackers and new clothes.
Many cultural activities are arranged during the festival. Rural areas and small towns retain more traditional celebrations than the cities, such as setting off firecrackers, ancestor worship, and dragon dances. 新年期間會有很多傳統民俗活動。郊區和鄉鎮比起都市保留較多的傳統慶祝活動，例如放鞭炮、祭拜祖先和舞龍舞獅。
Reunion dinner 團圓飯
Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together. Wherever they are, people come home to celebrate the festival with their families. The New Year’s Eve dinner is called “reunion dinner”, and is believed to be the most important meal of the year. Big families of several generations sit around round tables and enjoy the food and time together.
Giving Red Envelopes 發紅包
Giving red envelopes is a custom at Chinese New Year.Red envelopes have money in and are given to children and seniors. It is not a customs to give red envelopes to (working) adults, except by employers.Red envelopes are used in the hope of giving good luck (as well as money) to the receivers.
Setting off Firecrackers 放鞭炮
It has long been a Chinese tradition to set off firecrackers when the New Year clock strikes.The tradition is to set off one string of small firecrackers first, followed by three big firecrackers, which symbolize “sounding out” the old year and “sounding in” the new year. The louder firecrackers, the better and luckier it’s believed it will be for business and farming in the coming year.