Red roosters rule this Chinese New Year
ON January 28, Chinese businesses will temporarily close down and the party starts up for Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rooster.
It's the 10th Chinese zodiac animal's turn to be celebrated with fireworks, family reunions and gifts, fire-breathing dragons, lanterns and booked-out Chinese restaurants, and wonderful Chinese food feasts.
There are five types of rooster years: wood, fire, earth, gold and water. This year it's fire.
This might explain why even more red than usual will be seen everywhere. Red apparently wards off bad luck and misfortune and is considered a must in 2017.
People born in the year of the rooster - such as 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 - are characterised by being loyal, trustworthy with strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.
They are also known as active, healthy people who enjoy outdoor sports. amusing, popular, talkative. They enjoy the spotlight, but can be vain and boastful.
The Roosters born on the fourth, fifth, sixth, 15th, 17th, 19th, 21st, 23rd or the 26th day of the Chinese lunar calendar are usually blessed with good luck and fortune throughout their lives.
So are those born in February, March, April, August and September.
Roosters looking for luck in 2017 may want to choose the following:
- Numbers - 5, 7 and 8.
- Days - the 4th and 26th of any Chinese lunar month.
- Colours - gold, brown, and yellow.
- Directions - south and south-east.
- Months - the 2nd, 5th and 11th Chinese lunar months.
The things that rooster should avoid during 2017 are:
- White and green.
- The numbers 1, 3 and 9.
- Traveling east.
- The 3rd, 9th and 12th Chinese lunar months.
The Chinese New Year falls each year between late January and the middle of February, and usually lasts about two weeks.