Traditionally the Chinese New Year is organised around the movements of the moon with the New Year typically falling between January 21st and February 20th.
This year, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Saturday 28th January, and it is known as the year of the Rooster.
Did you know that every 12 years there is a year of the Rooster? The year of the Rooster always comes after a Monkey year and before a Dog year. Years of the Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.
Chinese astrology doesn’t just associate with different animals each year, it also follows five elements – gold (metal), wood, fire, water and earth.
Both the zodiac sign and the element shape the astrology of the year.
This year, along with the zodiac sign Rooster the element is fire – giving you the Fire Rooster and this combination reoccurs every 60 years.
The Chinese believe that the year you were born will be the unluckiest for you in the 12-year cycle. They believe there are things that will help bring good luck throughout the year but also believe there are things you should avoid.
Lucky Things for a Rooster
Typical things that might help a Rooster with luck are:
- Flowers: gladiola, cockscomb
- Numbers: 5, 7, and 8
- Colours: yellow, brown and gold
- Days: 4th and 26th of any Chinese lunar month
- Directions: south, southeast
- Months: 2nd, 5th, and 11th Chinese lunar months
Things a Rooster Should Avoid
Below are a few things the Chinese believe will darken your year and if possible should be avoided:
- Numbers: 1, 3, and 9
- Colour: red
- Direction: east
- Months: 3rd, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months
Characteristics of a Rooster
If you were born in a Rooster year then it is said that your personality traits are hardworking, observant, creative, fearless, and skilled.
Roosters are very confident and feel happiest when in amongst crowds of people. They can enjoy being centre of attention and can be very outspoken, talkative, open, honest and most of all very loyal.
How is it Celebrated?
Chinese New Year is celebrated with many different traditions. These include family dinners, fireworks, giving gifts of money to children and lots of brightly coloured decorations.
The colour red is most often the choice of colour for decorations, this is because it is thought to be a promising and optimistic colour. Rooster themed decorations will also be heavily used this year.
Fireworks play a big part in the celebrating the Chinese New Year. They are seen as a way of saying goodbye to the last year and welcoming the New Year.
Small red envelopes with money is the preferred gift for Chinese New Year. They are usually given to children with the hope that it brings them luck and fortune.
A large family dinner is held and are considered the most important meal of the year. It is also known as the ‘reunion dinner’ and includes generations of family members enjoying good food and company.
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