Cock-A-Doodle-Doo! Or Wo-wo-wo! as some Chinese people love to see the sound of the rooster written. It doesn’t matter; hundreds celebrated the Chinese year of the rooster at Keskuskatu in Helsinki center on the early Friday evening and I think most couldn’t care less about how the sound of rooster looks on paper. What matters is the message: people born in the year of the rooster are said to be deep thinkers, talented and competent. They are often stubborn and they think they are always right and it is said that that is mostly the case!

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Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Anyway . . . the celebrations started at Narinkkatori in Kamppi where a group of Lion dancers greeted a Chinese restaurant owner with their acrobatic dance as the sun was setting on the horizon. There was a smell of hoi-sin sauce or something similar salty and sweet pouring out from the restaurant as the apparent happy owner stood in the doorway. After bows and greetings and the bang of drums, the dancers disappeared inside the Kamppi shopping center.

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Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Keskuskatu was bordered with stands of different Chinese associations. Red lanterns swayed in the mild breeze. There was a big stage where I witnessed a joyful fan dance.

When the Moomin stepped on the stage and started singing in Chinese, it felt surreal and funny even if I didn’t understand a word. Moomintroll sang peacefully, and he was soon joined by Moominpappa and Moominmamma. And suddenly a king.

While the storyline remained a mystery to most (the crowd was mostly people of Finnish descent) the Moomin and the king bowed and the applauds echoed across the surrounding buildings.

Happy Year of the Rooster!

Chinese Zodiac

Chinese zodiac is based on mathematical cycle of 12 animals. Each year is related to one of the cycle’s animals and each animal’s attributes are believed to have an impact on the events of the year as well as on the characters of the children born that year. As the zodiac animal is determined according to the Chinese lunar calendar, it cannot be figured out solely based on the western calendar year. So people born in the beginning of the year better pay attention when trying to find out what is their Chinese zodiac sign. Source: http://kiinalainenuusivuosi.fi/en/chinese-zodiac/