Year of the Rooster
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Year of the Rooster
In 2017, the Lunar New Year falls on 28 January, marking the start of the Year of the Rooster, all the way to 15 February 2018.
What does the Rooster represent?
In the classical tale of the Chinese Zodiac, the Rooster is tenth in place. People born in The Year of the Rooster includes those born in 1993, 1969, 1981, 1933, 1945, 2029, 1957, 2005, 2017. Generally, individuals born in the Year of the Rooster are associated with symbolic meanings related to the Rooster – such as pride, honesty, courage, vigilance, arrogance, strength, watchfulness and flamboyance. Those born in these years are usually thought to be trustworthy, responsible, punctual, and quick-witted.
While each of the 12 Chinese Zodiacs is associated to a year, it is further branched out into five elements – metal, wood, water, fire or earth. This year, it happens to the Year of the Fire Rooster, and it is believed that those whose birth years fall in the year of the Fire Rooster are more outgoing and independent than those born in other Rooster years and are associated with other elemental signs – but they can also be slightly bossy and sometimes fail to think twice before they say something.
In the Chinese culture, Rooster is believed to be a symbol of fortune and luck. Overall, the element of fire and metal symbolising the Year of the Fire Rooster is believed to represent optimism, innovation and progress – signs to a good year ahead!
There have been predications made about the fates of the Zodiacs in the upcoming Lunar New Year, and it is believed that 2017 will treat those who are born in the years of the Dragon best. Generally, it should be a smooth sailing year for those who are born in the years of the Rooster, Ox, Snake, Tiger and Rat too. It would be more or less a regular year for those born in the years of Pig, Goat and Monkey. Unfortunately, those belonging to the zodiac years of the Dog, Rabbit and Horse will face much more complications than others in 2017.
Chinese New Year Traditions – Some Dos and Don’ts!
Chinese are known to adhere to superstitions during Chinese New Year, so here is a checklist of some things you should and should not do during the Lunar New Year:
- No washing of hair on the first day of the Lunar New Year – because of the similar pronunciations of “hair” and “to become wealthy” in Chinese, it is believed that washing of one’s hair can mean washing away one’s fortune and luck for the year away .
- No cleaning of the house on the first day of the Lunar New Year – similar to the superstition of washing hair, cleaning the house could also mean discarding the fortune and riches that one has accumulated.
- No borrowing of money on New Year’s Day
- Repay all debts by Chinese New Year’s Eve.
- Generally, it is preferred that individuals don in clothing with vibrant colours, especially red, because they bring luck and fortune. Elders especially, may frown upon dull and dark colours, especially black – due to its associated with death and mourning. So do avoid wearing a full on black outfit if you know it might offend someone.
In the upcoming Lunar New Year, do make sure to send your well wishes to those you care about during this festive season. A bottle of wine or a gorgeous gift hamper filled to the brim with Chinese New Year goodies are splendid options you can ponder over!