Welcome to the Year of the Rooster - China's biggest holiday

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It's the biggest holiday of the year for many Chinese - and for some the only time they get enough leave from their jobs to travel home and see their loved ones.

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Thousands of people have visited Beijing's major temples, as today is the first day of the Year of the Rooster.

Eating dumplings around the holidays is a popular tradition in northern China and there are three reasons for it.

Since 1983, the Spring Festival Gala has become an annual fixture for Chinese families on the eve of the Lunar New Year.

But unfortunately for older Roosters, the year of your own zodiac animal is said to bring bad luck.

It is estimated that over 6 million Chinese people will travel overseas during the holiday.

What does the year of the rooster mean?

Notley, who wouldn't discuss happenings in the U.S, said simply the magnitude of celebrations in Canada and around the world show the importance of having a welcoming policy for any and all newcomers. It is set by the Chinese lunisolar calendar, and therefore changes each year.

For many families, the traditions surrounding the celebration of the Chinese New Year vary extensively, but for those celebrating at the DaVinci Centre Saturday night the New Year's Day festivities featured a traditional lion dance.

Celebrations revolve around reunion, harmony and ensuring good luck for the coming year.

So the animals will have a year dedicated to them once every 12 years, in a cycle. New Year in China is the largest period of human migration on earth, according to Tin. A pair of poetry lines pasted vertically on both sides of the door, with a horizontal scroll above the doorframe, they are written on red paper in black or gold calligraphy and are a key part of new year celebrations.

Gift giving at the Lunar New Year is simplified by the custom of lucky red envelopes, filled with cash, in sums divisible by two (though four is to be avoided, because the Chinese word for it sounds like "death").

On January 27, a motorcade from the Rodelsa Rotunda to Lim Ket Kai commercial complex will be attended by members of the Filipino-Chinese community. About one-fifth of the world's population celebrates the festival.