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Happy Chinese New Year from AAMI

By  AAMI

It’s the Year of the Rooster — time to get (c)lucky! Find out what this auspicious sign means for the year ahead.

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival, is a time of great celebration in China and for people all over the world. Dating back some 3,800 years, each Chinese New Year is characterised by a different animal from the zodiac. This year it’s the Year of the Rooster. (Roosters are those who are born in 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017.)

This year, we’re celebrating love and family. For Dragons, Sheep and every other animal in between, the year will bring good luck to those who are loyal, loving, committed to their goals, hard working and dedicated to family values.

Where did this festival originate? Why do we let off fireworks and paint the town red? During the Shang Dynasty, people used to decorate their houses red and set of firecrackers in order to fight the monster ‘Nian’. Although the festival has evolved since those early days to encompass many more aspects of Chinese culture, red decorations and fireworks are still synonymous with Chinese New Year celebrations across the globe.

Colour yourself happy while ringing in the Year of the Rooster with our Chinese New Year-themed colouring sheet! Did you know colouring is a great way to kick back, relax and find your inner peace? When you colour, your brain experiences relief by entering a meditative state that’s great for your body and better for your soul. Unplugging from technology promotes creativeness over consumption and, by focusing on the present, colouring helps you to achieve mindfulness. Plus, colouring can be done by anyone — it’s not just for artists or creative types! What’s more, it’s a hobby that can be taken wherever you go.

Colour yourself happy this Chinese New Year — Download our free Year of the Rooster colouring sheet