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Here comes the Rooster is not just a 90s song. Here's what you need to about the Chinese New Year that kicks off this weekend.

According to legend, there were 12 animals that all engaged in a race. The Rat hopped on to the back of an Ox. The laid back Ox didn't mind giving the Rat a ride during this race. At the last second, the Rat jumped off the Ox's back and crossed over the finish line to win. Sound like anyone you know?

That is a shorter-version of a much longer story as to how the Chinese developed their zodiac, which includes each animal in the 'race.' Tomorrow marks the kick off of the Chinese New Year and this year, is the year of the Rooster. According to NYTimes.com

"The rooster, the 10th year of the zodiac, is also symbolic of hard work and diligence, she added — always the first one up, with energy to take on a new day"

Years of the Rooster include: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

The Chinese New Year is a full, two-week celebration which includes celebrations, parties with friends and family and all kinds of traditions, including superstitions like washing your hair or cleaning your house is considered 'bad luck' in the first three days of the new year celebrations because it might wash away your new-founded luck.

Here locally, the QC Chinese Association is celebrating at Dynasty Buffet in Davenport, IA.