Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, is this weekend and preparations are underway on Guam for two days of festivities.
The first day of the Chinese New Year will be tomorrow, Saturday, ushering in the Year of the Rat.
Chinese New Year is associated with several myths and customs. The festival was traditionally a time to honor deities as well as ancestors.
One of the more recognized traditions is the lion dance meant as a symbolic ritual to usher in the new year and evict bad spirits.
The Chinese School of Guam will be offering multiple performances throughout the week-long celebration.
This year, the year of the Rat is the first in the rotation of the 12 zodiac signs, meaning that a Rat year is a year of renewal, bringing hope and good fortune.