2017 Is a Rooster Year!
The Rooster is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rooster is represented by the Earthly Branch character 酉. The name is also translated into English as Cock or Chicken. Rooster is the only bird included in the Chinese zodiac. However, the Chinese term is more generic, as it applies to barnyard fowl of either sex.
- In Tibetan astrology, the rooster is replaced by the bird.
Chinese New Year's Day is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar — Saturday, January 28th in 2017. The date is different each year on the Gregorian (internationally-used) calendar, but is always between January 21th and February 20th.
The Traditional Holiday Period — 23 days
Sticking 福 (meaning 'fortune') on doors is a tradition at Chinese New Year.
An Early Start to Celebrations
Traditionally new year activities may as early as three weeks before Chinese New Year's Eve, but a week before is more usual.
Traditional (mostly rural) folk start cleaning their houses to welcome a new year from the 23rd of the twelfth lunar month (January 20, 2017).
Chinese New Year 2017 begins a year of the Rooster. It's considered a bad year for "Roosters": people born in a Rooster year. See How to Avoid Bad Luck in 2017 If You're a Rooster.
- "Roosters" are hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented...
Why Chinese New Year Is on the Dates It Is
Like Christmas/New Year in other countries, Chinese New Year is simply a much-needed winter holiday at an auspicious time.
Rest Before a New Farming Year
Chinese New Year was set to coincide with the slack time just before a new year of farm work begins, as a time of preparation.
When most Chinese were farmers this made sense. Now 55% of China's population is urban (a generation ago it was 25%), but 100+ million return to their rural roots for CNY.
Chinese traditionally celebrated the start of a new year of farm work, and wished/prayed for a good harvest. This has now evolved into celebrating the start of a new business year and wishing for profits and success in various vocations.
The Traditional 'Start of Spring'
China's traditional solar calendar's first solar term is called 'Start of Spring', hence the "Spring Festival" — another name for Chinese New Year.
'Start of Spring' precedes the start of spring weather for much of China, starting about February 28, and the lunar calendar year always starts within half a month of that.
Roosters for the chinese new Year 2017
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