Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su's two-week celebration featuring lion dances, cultural performances, martial arts, calligraphy, family-friendly craft activities and much more!
The celebration ends with several nights of Lantern Viewing Evenings when the garden is illuminated with colorful lanterns and a lively dragon procession. A separate admission ticket is required for this event. Learn more »
Weekdays offer a sneak peek at Lan Su's events and activities throughout the year, including Lan Su in Bloom, Poetry Month, Suzhou Summer, and more! Check the event calendar for a full schedule of events. »
Please note: For the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff, entry may be limited at peak times of visitation to meet fire code regulations. Expect lines at times on opening day and weekend days. Plan for the most auspicious visit by purchasing admission tickets ahead of time and arriving early for your favorite activities!
In accordance with the Chinese lunar calendar, the Year of the Rooster begins on January 28, 2017 and ends February 15, 2018. You are a Rooster if you were born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, or 2017.
Occupying the 10th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Rooster symbolizes such character traits as confidence and motivation. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are loyal, trustworthy and honest when it comes to offering their opinions. Roosters are extremely social and prefer being the center of attention. Most of them are born pretty or handsome, and prefer to dress up. Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm at any occasion.
Roosters are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports such as hiking and swimming. In their everyday life, Roosters are as proud of their homes as they are of themselves. They’re extremely organized individuals as evidenced by the fact that their homes are always neat. Also, Roosters are usually hard-working, multi-talented individuals. They make great salespersons, journalists, and police officers.
The hyperactive Fire Monkey in 2016 has brought people countless excitements, confusions, and surprises. This new year upon us will be the year of Fire Rooster, and the king of the yard can’t wait to crow at dawn, bringing back integrity, strong values, and practical thinking. In 2017, warmth of the fire Rooster also points people in the direction of family and home related matters. It would be a good year for partnerships, whether it’s personal or professional, to come fruition. Also, in the honest and diligent spirit of a rooster, the path to success in this year has no shortcut. Only hardworking people with patience and faith will be greatly rewarded.
2017 Chinese New Year sponsored by
This project is supported in part by
The Autzen Foundation
Herbert A. Templeton Foundation
The Collins Foundation