SHORT HILLS, NJ - The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is set to kick off on January 28, ushering out the year of the monkey and welcoming in the Year of the Rooster. To mark this joyful new beginning the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum is partnering with the Chinese Association of Millburn-Short Hils, Millburn High School, and the Wushu-Kung Fu Fitness Center on Saturday, January 22 for a day of celebration.

Games, crafts, light refreshments, traditional storytelling and more await, to celebrate the year of the Rooster and call away those pesky winter spirits! At 1:00 and 3:00 pm a parade in the woodlands will be led by a special guest to chase away the winter spirits and make way for a new exhibit coming to the Stone House Nature Center. 

There are 12 Chinese zodiac signs. However, each year also pairs with one of the five elements: Gold (metal), wood, water, fire or earth. So while the signs follow a 12-year rotation the pairings, for example, this year's Fire Rooster only come once every 60 years. Years of the Rooster are 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

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The sign of the Rooster is the tenth sign of the Chinese zodiac calendar. Rooster years are dated by the Chinese lunar calendar starting on Chinese New Year in popular astrology, but conventional Chinese astrologers maintain that zodiac years start and end within a day of February 4, also known as 'Start of Spring', in accordance the traditional Chinese solar calendar.

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