Chinese New Year is quickly approaching. For 2017, the lunar new year begins on Saturday, 28 January 2017. This year is the ‘Year of the Fire Rooster’. According to astrologists, this year will be unlucky for those born in the year of the rooster. Financially, roosters will not have any significant improvement. Career-wise, they will be prone to all kinds of misfortune.
There are roughly 9.3 million Thai Chinese in Thailand or 14% of the entire country’s population. The Thai Chinese community is one of the oldest, most prominent and best integrated overseas.
Although Chinese New Year is not an official holiday, many members of the Thai Chinese community take a day off of work so they can take part in the festivities. New Year’s Eve is the time to pray to the gods and pay respect to the ancestors. This is when the whole family enjoys an extravagant feast of Chinese dishes together at home. On the night of New Year’s Eve, adults will hand red envelopes called ‘ang-pao’, with money inside, to their children as a New Year gift. On New Year’s Day, absolutely nothing is done as it is a day of rest. Most people start visiting their extended families and relatives in order to exchange a few oranges as a way to wish them a Happy New Year.
Bangkok’s Chinatown is the best place to experience a New Year’s dragon parade. On Charoen Krung Street, visit Lengnoeiyi Temple in order to pay respect to the gods and goddesses. One can find ‘siem-see’ or Chinese fortune sticks. Shake the bamboo container and ask the gods for guidance on how to solve a personal problem or for advice in general.
A traditional fortune goes like this: “Each day of the New Year is like a page of a book – potent with lessons and adventures thereby creating memories to last you a lifetime.” A great way to create memories is to bring your family and friends to The Escape Hunt Experience Bangkok. For an hour, players can immerse themselves in an interactive game that is perfect for the entire family. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the year of the rooster!