The festivities of Christmas and New Year’s Eve might feel like a lifetime ago, but one of the world’s biggest holidays is yet to come. The Chinese New Year starts today.
For those not well-versed in the tradition, The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, rather than the solar calendar. The lunar new year begins after the second new moon after the winter solstice, hence the February start date. And, each new year is represented by a different animal sign.
This year is that of the Rooster and is said to be the most unlucky in the lot.
First things first, if you were born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 or 2005, you’re a Rooster! Roosters are characterised as observant, courageous, talented and hardworking. You’re happiest when you are surrounded by others, and enjoy being the centre of attention, according to Chinese astrology.
But 2017 isn’t just any Rooster — it’s a year of the Fire Rooster. What the heck does that even mean, you wonder? Each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth.
So, when it comes to the year ahead, prepare to see a whole lotta action! This year will fly by and be met with drama and productivity. Astrology Club’s advice is to be clear on your intentions concerning love, money, and business, and stick to practical paths to ensure success, rather than risky ventures.
And even if you’re not a Rooster, you can still reap rewards by tapping into their traits. According to Astrology Club, loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values, and appearances are just some of the characteristics that will be rewarded this year.
Of course, don’t take all this too seriously, the characteristics of the Chinese zodiac animals are simply based on tradition.