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January / February issue 356
Year of The Rooster - 2017
Painted by Ivan Berryman
The Rooster is tenth in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle.
- Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.
- Positive qualities: Rooster - a dedicated, noble, honest, caring and colorful, has a lot of artistic talent.
- Negative qualities: Rooster - hot-tempered, superficial, vain, tactless.
- Recommendations for choosing a profession: A person born in the Year of the Rooster would be a good judge, policeman, politician, businessman, reporter or artist, or even an outstanding singer.
- 2017 Year of Rooster - The main features of the Rooster: Rooster - the brightest sun sign, rooster song heralds the dawn. It also embodies the hero, the guardian and protector of life - you can see his picture on the roofs of many houses. As Rooster, you always on guard, looked down on the people, and carefully look into the horizon. At night, you are overclocking the ghosts - Army Forces of Darkness. Rooster - the embodiment of youth, strength, hope and purity.
Chinese New Year, known in modern Chinese as the "Spring Festival" is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February. In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year is on Saturday, 28 January.
- The New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honour deities as well as ancestors. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, and the Philippines. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours.
- Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.