Five Things You Didn't Know About the 'Year of the Rooster'


It’s not the Year of the Rooster YET

Unlike or the world’s most extensively used civil calendar today, the Gregorian calendar, the new Zodiac year in the Chinese calendar begins when Spring starts instead. According to the Chinese solar calendar, that would be February 3 this year, although the customary way is to follow the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, when Chinese New Year starts on January 28th.

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Not Your Year

If you did not know anything about the Chinese zodiac, you might assume that the Year of the Rooster will be heavily auspicious for those born in that year (including those born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005). Unfortunately, that is far from the truth – Chinese astrology tells that those in their Zodiac year have affronted the God of Age, and will therefore be unlucky.

Auspicious Avoidance

Afraid that it is an unlucky year? Roosters should try to avoid the color red, the numbers 1, 3 and 9, and the 3rd, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months. Instead, focus on lucky 5, 7, and 8, the colors gold, brown, and yellow, and enjoy the lucky days of 4th and 26th of each Chinese lunar month.

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Lucky 13

Aside from the differences in dates, Chinese lunar calendar has 13 months instead of the usual 12 in every Gregorian calendar year. Think of it as a leap year, though instead of an extra day, you get an extra month in the Rooster year 2017 – all in effort to nake sure the Chinese lunar calendar remains within half a month of the traditional solar calendar.

The Year of the Fire Rooster

Five elements form the basis of Chinese element theory, where each Zodiac year follows the elements of Gold, Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, in a cycle of 60 years. 2017 marks the year of the Fire Rooster, and those born in this zodiac element are thought to be trustworthy, responsible and excellent with time management.

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