Chinese New Year, bamboo, sleep better

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
24th day of the year

Nastassja Kinski (actress) was born on this day in 1961.
Chris Penn (actor) died on this day in 2006.



Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year 2019: The Year of the Pig
This year, Chinese New Year lands on Tuesday, February 5! According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Find your zodiac sign and the animal of your birth year, plus learn how the Chinese zodiac works.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Loaded with stunning photos, lunar lore, and more! 
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
Animal tracks and footprints can tell you what animals are roaming around your backyard or eating your garden vegetables. See our animal track pictures to learn how to identify animal tracks and track animals!
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.