The rooster crows

The Chinese new year promises bountiful opportunities to move us all forward

A view of the Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing on the first day of the New Year on Saturday. Damir Sagolj / Reuters
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Saturday marked the most significant day in the traditional Chinese calendar, when people bid farewell to the year of the monkey and ushered in the year of the rooster. The event kick-started several days of celebration in China and for expatriate Chinese around the world.

However, you don’t have to be Chinese to take part. The event’s popularity among other communities becomes evident each year when thousands of people from diverse ethnicities and backgrounds come together to celebrate the occasion across our region. In this country, the festive atmosphere is palpable everywhere, from shopping malls running stellar events and special promotions to hotels and restaurants hosting ­Chinese-themed parties.

The reason is simple. Like any other calendar change, the Chinese new year symbolises fresh opportunities to move forward and fulfil dreams and aspirations. With this spirit of optimism, we wish our readers a happy new year.