ATLANTIC CITY — Residents of different heritages and backgrounds gathered Sunday at Dante Hall to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year.

The event featured dancing, music and lessons on Chinese heritage from Stockton University students who created power points explaining the history of the holiday and traditional celebrations in China.

According to the Chinese calendar, 2017 is the year of the rooster. The calendar is a 12-year cycle that stems from the observation that there are 12 full moons in a single year.

Every person is assigned a specific animal depending on what year they were born. A person born during the year of the rooster is described as outgoing, skillful, smart, hard working, organized, consistent, beautiful and punctual.

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