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Year of Rooster kicks off in Richmond B.C. with celebrations

"Roosters talk very fast, speak all the good things, so when people hear them, they feel very happy," says vendor at Aberdeen Centre's Spring Festival.

Red lanterns, envelopes, firecrackers all part of the Spring Festival

Performers celebrate Chinese New Year on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 0:35

People across Metro Vancouver came to Richmond B.C. on Saturday to usher in the Lunar New Year.

A group of children celebrate the Lunar New Year on Jan. 28, 2017 in Richmond B.C. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

"Everybody wants to get the good luck, especially at the beginning of the year," said Frank Zeng, a store owner at the Aberdeen Centre.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie says marking Lunar New Year in Richmond B.C. celebrates the city's diversity. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

For the zodiac cycle, 2017, is the year of the rooster, specifically, a fire rooster, which according to fortune teller and feng shui consultant Sherman Tai isn't necessarily an indicator of a smooth year ahead.

"The rooster is very aggressive and very stubborn and unfortunately this year is the fire of rooster," he said.

These youth don't seem concerned that the year of the rooster could be a troubling one:

Youth perform a dance in Richmond B.C. for Chinese New Year 2017 0:47

Tai says the 10th sign of the zodiac calendar does have a tendency towards cockiness.

"That will create a lot of rumours and argument and fighting between parties."

In the zodiac calendar, the year of the Rooster is marked every 12 years. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

But not everyone believes the rooster is a sign of a troubling year, listen to Aberdeen Centre vendor Alison Choy:

Hundreds gathered in Richmond B.C. to celebrate Chinese New Year on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 0:29

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie says his city welcomed people to the celebrations from around Metro Vancouver and the world

"We welcome people here to our celebrations and New Years as we do all year long," he said. "People of all ethnicities, cultures and religions.

"Richmond is a place that is open and diverse and multi-cultural."

One of many families that came to Richmond B.C. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 to usher in the Lunar New Year. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

with files from Deborah Goble