2017 is the Year of the Rooster - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

2017 is the Year of the Rooster

Posted: Updated:
(NBC) -

Western Japan is saying goodbye to the monkey and hello to the rooster.

Today, December 27, people in Osaka, Japan gathered for an early farewell and welcome ceremony for the upcoming new year.

Actors carried monkeys on their shoulders during the ceremony and held roosters while songs were sung.

Unlike much of Asia, Japan celebrates the new year according to the Western calendar. 

Powered by Frankly