The Rooster Crows this Lunar New Year

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2017 is The Year of the Fire Rooster

The Chinese New Year 2017 begins on Saturday, 28th January 2017 and celebrations will continue through until February 15th, 2017. This will be the year to embrace opportunities and navigate challenges.

Referred to as the Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year or the “Spring Festival”, this is the longest and most important holiday in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations. More than 20% of the world’s population will be celebrating this event.

year of roosterNew Year Traditions

The New Year festival is centuries old and it includes several myths and traditions.The Chinese believe that as they enter a new year, they should start a new beginning. They clean their houses, pay off all of their debts, buy new clothes, paint their doors, and even get new haircuts in order to have a fresh start for the new year. Once all the work is finished, the fun begins.

One important tradition is the exchanging gifts. A traditional present is a small red envelope filled with “lucky money”. These envelopes are usually given to children by their family and friends. Red envelopes are also given by the married to the unmarried – again mostly children. Sometimes red envelopes are only given to young people without jobs – students and future students. Those studying in the sciences are typically rewarded the most handsomely.

A Chinese New Year celebration would not be complete without the presence of a giant dragon, fireworks and firecrackers. It is believed that the noise of the fireworks is supposed to scare away all evil spirits. This permits the new year to begin without any misfortunes.

chinese new yearWhy the Fire Rooster?

There are Twelve Signs of the Zodiac and 2017 is a Rooster year. The Chinese term for rooster is actually fairly generic. This year may also be referred to as year of barnyard fowl of either sex. Cock, Chicken, Hen. In some cases, the year of the Rooster is even translated as the year of the Phoenix.

The Rooster is the 10th sign in the Chinese zodiac. The Rooster is considered to be honorable and upstanding. He represents the sign of dawn and awakening, triumph and success achieved at the price of hard work and patience.

There are five Taoist Elements – also named the Five Movements, Five Phrases, Five Steps or Five States of Change.

  1. Jin (Metal)
  2. Mu (Wood)
  3. Shui (Water)
  4. Huo (Fire)
  5. Tu (Earth)

This makes a total of 5 Rooster combinations with this year being Year of the Fire Rooster.

TypesYears of BirthPersonality Traits
Metal Rooster

Wood Rooster

Water Rooster

Fire Rooster

Earth Rooster

1921, 1981

1945, 2005

1933, 1993

1957, 2017

1909, 1969

Clear mind and exceptional logic, brave to overcome difficulties.

Energetic, humorous, paying great attention to family.

Smart and agile, sensitive, keen on art and niceness.

Holding strong sense of time, trustworthy; good at managing money.

Active, perceptive, like traveling and making friends.

The Year of the Rooster will bring us all a year full of enthusiasm, passion, joy and creativity. Roosters are communal birds so 2017 predictions promise to be a lucky one for joint ventures. This will be a powerful and decisive year –  no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. Impressions will count, so it will be important to be clear about intentions concerning love, money, and business.

The Good, Bad & Ugly On Rooster People

Chinese New YearThe Rooster is trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. Roosters are loyal and they make devoted friends. They always keep their promises and are always true to their word.

People born in a Rooster year are very observant hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented. Roosters are often very confident about themselves and are more motivated than other animals in the Chinese zodiac. Their careers are a priority in their lives.

Roosters are always active, amusing and popular among the crowd. They are being happiest when they are surrounded by others and in the spotlight. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They put their best foot forward to appear attractive and beautiful. Problem solving is a special talent because Roosters are equipped with keen judgment and a quick wit.

What challenges a Rooster is a sense of impatience, a critical view and potentially eccentric. . When their work ethic is taken to the extreme, they can become fussy, critical, controlling and narrow-minded.  Roosters like to crow about themselves and their accomplishments. They are often considered to be vain and selfish.

Roosters are perfectionists who care what other people think. They expect to be praised for doing a splendid job and have people listen to them while they speak. Count on a Rooster to become agitated if that is not the case. Sometimes overconfident, Roosters may be  prone to come up with nonsensical plans.

In a Rooster Year, everyone can achieve great things by tapping into the traits of the Rooster – loyalty, commitment, hard work and strong family values.

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The forecast is that 2017 will be best for Dragons, an amazing year for the Rooster, Ox and Snake.  These four zodiac signs are most compatible. It will also be a good year for Tiger and, Rats.

Pigs, Goats and Monkeys can anticipate a mixed year and it will be tough for Dogs, Rabbits and Horses. Roosters do not get along as well with Rabbit so those born under that sign should be cautious.

Chinese astrology is considered to be an ancient and powerful tool for predicting the future and the most ancient system in the world – over 5000 years old. Each sign and those born under it, are represented by one of twelve animals, and each sign is given a set of attributes that the Chinese believe describe the nature of each particular animal.

roosterYour 2017 Horoscope

The animal ruling the year in which you were born has a major profound influence on your life.

RAT 2017 – 1912,1924,1936,1948,1960,1972,1984,1996,2008

OX 2017 – 1913,1925,1937,1949,1961,1973,1985,1997,2009

TIGER 2017 – 1914,1926,1938,1950,1962,1974,1986,1998,2010

RABBIT 2017 – 1915,1927,1939,1951,1963,1975,1987,1999,2011

DRAGON 2017  – 1916,1928,1940,1952,1964,1976,1988,2000,2012

SNAKE 2017 – 1917,1929,1941,1953,1965,1977,1989,2001,2013

HORSE 2017 – 1918,1930,1942,1954,1966,1978,1990,2002,2014

GOAT 2017 – (Goat / Sheep / Ram) 1919,1931,1943,1955,1967,1979,1991,2003,2015

MONKEY 2017 – 1920,1932,1944,1956,1968,1980,1992,2004,2016

ROOSTER 2017 – (Rooster / Chicken / Phoenix) 1921,1933,1945,1957,1969,1981,1993,2005,2017

DOG 2017 – 1922,1934,1946,1958,1970,1982,1994,2006,2018

PIG 2017 – (Pig / Boar) 1923,1935,1947,1959,1971,1983,1995,2007,2019

Rooster Celebrities

Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kournikova, Anne Heche, Alexis Bledel, Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett, Diane Sawyer, Elijah Wood, Jessica Alba, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Catherine the Great, Amelia Earhart, Rudyard Kipling, Groucho Marx, Serena Williams, Steve Harvey, Ray Romano, Spike Lee, Martin Luther King, Caroline Kennedy, Steve Buscemi, Gloria Estefan, Donny Osmond

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The most common Chinese ways of saying Happy New Year are – 

Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) pronounced “gong zee fah chai”

Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese) pronounced “gung hey fah choy”

This Rooster New Year may you have the courage to march forward without hesitation to realize all your dreams and ambitions.

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