Chinese New Year is celebrated on the first day of the lunar calendar with each year ushering in a zodiac animal ruling sign. 2017 is the year of the Rooster. Celebration usually start on the eve when family members gather for a Reunion Dinner. This is followed by having an open house for family and friends to visit one another and give Ang Pows. Lion dances are also perfomed to welcome auspiciousness into the household and workplace. Every year, the Penang Chief Minister will organize a Chinese New Year Open House on the first day at 10am at sPICE and invites the public to join in the celebration. This also allows tourists and foreign visitors to experience how the festival is celebrated in Penang and Malaysia.