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What's in it for you in the Year of Rooster

The Year of the Rooster is almost upon us. Woo Hoo!

This means gatherings, food (too much again – diet needed after Christmas?) and fun. As the Monkey bids us farewell, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of this year’s zodiac animal, it might come in handy, especially if you are a Rooster!

Introducing the Rooster: The tenth animal in the Chinese zodiac, the Rooster is back after waiting twelve years to be the star of show. The last Rooster year was 2005 and before that 1993. Tell people you are a Rooster and they may be able to guess your age, so watch out, especially if you 48 and want everyone to think you are still in your early 40s but can’t pass for 36!

With each zodiac year associated with the elements Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold and Water, Roosters in different years have varying characteristics. This year’s Fire Roosters have strong willpower, are trustworthy, proactive and very good organisers. This makes them valuable in the workplace and good candidates for promotion. However, it’s not all fun and games for Roosters!

Read more: Four things you should do during Chinese New Year


Wearing red

This drives away evil spirits and bad luck. Red underwear (seriously, no jokes!) is a great item to wear.

Face away from Tai Sui

The position of the god this year is west. Make sure that bed, desks, chairs, tables and other resting areas are not facing west.  When you are carrying out business, do not sit facing west. It’s unfortunate for Roosters that this year has a leap month, with 13 lunar months instead of 12. So Roosters have 384 days to stay away from harm.

Enter the Rooster

The Rooster takes up an important symbolic position in Chinese culture. It is often said that the boundaries of China are shaped like a Rooster. That’s not all the Rooster resembles.

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