Today is the Chinese New Year, kicking off the Year of the Rooster. People celebrate with lanterns and giant red dragon costumes for a whole 15 days, but the first 3 or 4 days are the key ones. It’s a fresh new year, so there are traditions like sweeping your house clean to get rid of all of last year’s bad luck. Buying new clothes and shoes gives us a fresh start, too. Also, many people say not to get your hair cut during New Year, because the word for “hair” sounds like the word for “prosperity,” which means success and riches in life…and you wouldn’t want to cut that short, right?
Wee ones: The Year of the Rooster is followed by the Year of the Dog next year. How old will you be then?
Little kids: They say people born in a Rooster year get along with Oxen and Snakes. If you had 1 of each animal as a pet, how many legs would they have altogether? Bonus: If you celebrate Chinese New Year today (Saturday), and the 3 days that follow, which 3 days of the week other than today will you celebrate?
Big kids: The Ox always falls 4 years after the Rooster. If 2017 is the Rooster and the animals repeat every 12 years, when will be the next two Years of the Ox? Bonus: If you have to wait until 15 days after today (Jan. 28) to get your hair cut, when’s the first date you can do that?
Wee ones: Different for everyone…add 1 to your current age!
Little kids: 6 legs, since a rooster has 2, an ox has 4, and a snake has none! Bonus: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Big kids: In 2021 and 2033. Bonus: On February 12. Jan. 31 will be 3 days from now, so Feb. 1 will be 4 days from now. You then need to wait another 11 days.