January 27 New Year’s Eve – most shops will close by afternoon, everyone is in full preparation mode.
January 28 New Year’s Day – at midnight a barrage of fireworks with more in the morning and evening. Children are given red envelopes. (and seniors)
January 29,30, 31, February 1, 2 On these days, it is all about family, friends, Chinese New Year clip.. on travel for the lunar new year and relatives. The festive season, ends on February 1, on February 2, the 7th day of the celebrations, many go back to work. Some shops, companies and office will reopen on this day because 6 is a lucky number in Chinese culture.
February 3 – 11 the return travel begins, as everyone heads back to the towns, cities where they work.
The Lantern Festival, is on month 1, day 15… this year February 11. Some business may decide to only reopen on Feb. 15 (day 8) as 8 is also a lucky number. The non superstitious may reopen on day 7 (Feb.14)
Chinese New Year 2017, Jan 28/29…. will welcome in the year of the Rooster.