Chinese New Year, a celebration that goes by many names across Asia — Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Solnal and Tibetan Losar — kicked off Saturday around the world.
Each year, the holiday, also known as the Lunar New Year, begins on the first new moon between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. This year, that day fell on Saturday, Jan. 28.
Lunar New Year is the only time many people make the long trek home to see their families, some traveling more than a thousand miles. Hundreds of millions of people are expected to migrate home during the holiday season.
Each new year is associated with one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. They’re also paired with one of five elements: wood, fire, earth and metal. This year will be represented by the Fire Rooster, the first in 60 years.
Those born in the year of the rooster are known to be responsible, on time and brave, according to Chinese astrology.
The rooster will be followed by the dog in 2018 and the pig in 2019.