Chinese New Year, bamboo, sleep better

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dear Almanac readers, 

To mark the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns, annual Burns Night celebrations—which typically involve whisky, haggis, and poetry—will be held around the world tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. Or, have a fine old Scottish time with our Cock-a-Leekie Soup.

Saturday starts the Chinese New Year—also called the Lunar New Year. It's the year of the rooster! Learn more and find your zodiac sign below—as well as a new article on lucky bamboo!

Your Almanac Editors

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

–Robert Burns (1759–96)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year 2020: The Year of the Rat
The Chinese New Year—also referred to as the Spring Festival and the Lunar New Year globally—lands on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Why does the Chinese New Year start at a different time than ours? How is this important holiday celebrated? What does the Year of the Rat symbolize?
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Loaded with dramtic images, lunar lore, and more! Makes a great stocking stuffer!

Winter Forecast Update

Signs of a Cold Winter 2017
For winter 2017, the Almanac has predicted colder-than-normal temperatures for most of the United States. Here’s a weather update.
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Celebrate by giving a plant that has heart-shaped leaves: Dutchman’s pipe, European wild ginger, ‘Artic Beauty’ hardy kiwi, morning glory, or violet.

Growing Lucky Bamboo

How to Grow Lucky Bamboo
For Chinese New Year (or any other time of year), an auspicious gift is a lucky bamboo plant. Learn the meaning behind lucky bamboo and get some helpful growing tips!
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Force spring flowers indoors: Cut forsythia, dogwood, or crabapple branches. Before placing in a vase, mash the cut ends…

How to Sleep Better

How to Sleep Better and Stop Snoring
If you are suffering from insomnia or sleep deprivation, simply can’t sleep, or are snoring, you might benefit from these natural sleep aids, which might help you sleep better.
2017 Almanac Gardening Page-a-Day Calendar

This informative page-a-day calendar is filled with Almanac wit, wisdom, adages, and observations for gardeners and backyard naturalists.

What's That Animal Track?

Animal Track Identification
You don’t have to be in the jungle or deep forest to be an animal tracker. Animal footprints are often as close as your backyard or garden. Take a look at these animal track pictures—showing footprints in both the snow and in mud.
Animal Track Trivets

Functional and decorative, our trivet features the footprints of moose, deer, bear, wolf, and cougar. Trivet measures almost 8 inches in diameter and is laser-cut from high-quality birch plywood.