The Year of the Rooster begins with parades, fireworks, and family gatherings. Happy Lunar New Year! On January 28, people around the world welcomed the Year of the Rooster with parades, dances, and fireworks displays. Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year in China, Taiwan, and many countries in Southeast Asia. “Before [the new year] begins, we clean our houses to sweep away the dust of bad fortune and be ready to welcome good luck,” said Luna Yang of Guangzhou, China.