S.E.A. aquarium celebrates the Lunar New Year with underwater performance


The S.E.A aquarium in Singapore is celebrating the Lunar New Year -- also known as the Spring Festival -- in a quite unusual way. January 28th is the official start of the 15 day holiday but S.E.A is kicking off the festivities a little early, much to the delight of visitors.

Divers can be seen preforming traditional dragon dances and wearing costumes in honor of the Year of Rooster, alongside its finned residents. During this holiday many take the time to honor their ancestors, relax, and connect with loved ones to start the new year off fresh. While the Chinese started celebrating January 1st as New Year's Day in 1912, it is still customary to ring in the Lunar New Year which falls 27 days later according to the ancient Chinese calendar.

The ancient Chinese calendar dates back to 14th century B.C. It originally served as a way for people spread out over a vast country to keep track of the best times to harvest and care for crops. Over the years the ancient calendar has been changed many times depending on the region and who was ruling at the time.