Chinese New Year 2017 - Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year 2017 - Year of the RoosterChinese New Year 2017 - Rooster (雞)

The date for the Chinese New Year in 2017 is January 28th.  This is the year of the Fire Monkey.

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The Chinese Calendar 2017

2017 is the year of the Rooster.  To be precise, this is the year of the Fire Rooster 'Ding You' 丁酉 . Fire being the fourth of the ten celestial stems and 猴 You (Rooster) is the tenth of the twelve terrestrial branches.

Unlike western calendars, the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years.  Within this 'Stem-Branch' system is shorter cycle of 12 years denoted by these animals:

  Rat    Ox    Tiger Rabbit  Dragon Snake  Horse  Sheep Monkey Rooster Dog  Pig
2008 2009  2010  2011  2012  2013   2014  2015   2016    2017   2018 2007

Calculating 'When is the Chinese New Year in 2017'Chinese New Year 2017 - Rooster

The fact that the date of Chinese New Year varies within about a month is a clue that it's linked to the new moon.  As an almost infallible guide  the Chinese New Year follows the second new moon after the winter solstice.  The winter solstice always falls on December 21st, the next new moon is eight days later on December 29th 2016, and the second new moon is on January 28th 2017.

 

Year of the Fire Roosters (2017)

The rooster ranks tenth of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac. The rooster is a clever animal who is frequently compared to a smart person.  Image is all important to the Fire Rooster; he spends a lot of time making himself look good, making him appear vain. He is flaunty and dramatic, yet he is a brilliant social organizer who loves to plan parties and gatherings.

Fire Roosters tend to be bossy and this, combined with their bluntness, can cause hurt feelings and bruised egos amongst colleagues. Still, these Roosters make great leaders, who are creative, diligent and motivated.

Likely Vocations for Rooster people: Roosters are more motivated than any other animal in the Chinese Zodiac. They are multi-talented. Good career choices are: trouble-shooter, detective, doctor, surgeon, psychiatrist, actor, dancer, musician, restaurateur, publicist, travel writer, journalist, soldier, athlete, teacher, police officer, book keeper, accountant.

 The Rooster's blunt manner and direct approach to life makes them poor diplomats. Rooster women are devoted to duty and seldom boast. They have exceptional vitality and patience and do well in jobs requiring carefulness and flexibility, like social work and teaching.

Rooster's likes and aversions:

  • Colours: gold, brown, yellow, peach. Avoid: white, green.
  • Numbers: 5, 7, 8. Avoid: 3, 9, 1.
  • Flowers: gladioli, cockscomb, impatiens.
  • Gems: diamond, ruby, topaz.

Compatible with: Ox, Dragon, Snake. Avoid: Rabbit, Rat, and Dog. Hobbies: fishing, gardening, climbing, swimming, hiking.

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Famous People Born in the Year of the Rooster

Elton John, Bette Midler, Rudyard Kipling, Caruso, Groucho Marx, and Peter Ustinov, Justin Timberlake, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Cate Blanchett, Catherine the Great, Amelia Earhart, Mo-tse, Liu Che (Emperor Wu of China's Western Han Dynasty 202 BC - 9 AD), Li Longji (Emperor Xuanzong of China's Tang Dynasty 618 - 907), Zhuge Liang (Premier of Shu in China's Three Kingdoms Period 220 - 280)

The Chinese New Year Calendar - With Its Associated 12 Animals

The lunar Chinese New Year (CNY) calendar below shows which of 12 animals you are!  Naturally the animal depends on the year in which you were born.  Note: if you were born in January or February you need to check if your birthday was before or after the date of that Chinese New Year. (If it was before this day your animal is the one shown for the previous year).

Rat

1924

1936

1948

1960

1972

1984

1996

2008

Ox

1925

1937

1949

1961

1973

1985

1997

2009

Tiger

1926

1938

1950

1962

1974

1986

1998

2010

Rabbit

1927

1939

1951

1963

1975

1987

1999

2011

Dragon

1928

1940

1952

1964

1976

1988

2000

2012

Snake

1929

1941

1953

1965

1977

1989

2001

2013

Horse

1930

1942

1954

1966

1978

1990

2002

2014

Sheep

1931

1943

1955

1967

1979

1991

2003

2015

Monkey

1932

1944

1956

1968

1980

1992

2004

2016

Rooster

1933

1945

1957

1969

1981

1993

2005

2017

Dog

1934

1946

1958

1970

1982

1994

2006

2018

Pig

1935

1947

1959

1971

1983

1995

2007

2019

60 Year Cycle of the Chinese New Year Calendar

Unlike western calendars, the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years.  Within the 'Stem-Branch' system is shorter 'Celestial' cycle of 12 years denoted by animals.  Furthermore, the Chinese believe that people born in a particular year take on the characteristics of the animal associated with that year.

   Rat    Ox   Tiger  Rabbit Dragon Snake  Horse Sheep  Monkey Rooster  Dog   Pig
2008 2009  2010  2011  2012   2013  2014   2015   2016    2017   2018 2007

Another dimension of the Chinese zodiac is the 5 'Terrestrial' elements of metal, water, wood, fire and earth.

If the year ends in 0 it is Yang Metal.
If the year ends in 1 it is Yin Metal.
If the year ends in 2 it is Yang Water.
If the year ends in 3 it is Yin Water.
If the year ends in 4 it is Yang Wood.
If the year ends in 5 it is Yin Wood.
If the year ends in 6 it is Yang Fire.
If the year ends in 7 it is Yin Fire.
If the year ends in 8 it is Yang Earth.
If the year ends in 9 it is Yin Earth.

Start date for the Chinese New Year Calendar 2014 and following years

The lunar Chinese New Years dates are:
2014 - Jan 31;  2015 - Feb 19; 2016 Feb 8th; 2017; Jan 28th.

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Dates for Chinese Valentine's Day

'When is the Chinese Valentine's Day in 2017?', is sure to be a question in quiz.  So be prepared, know the date, and remember the golden rule, 7th day of the 7th month of the Chinese calendar.  28th August 2017.  Qīxī Jié (七夕節).

Chinese PhrasesChinese New Year 2014 - Zodiac animals

搞笑清洁笑话 in Chinese roughly translates into clean funny jokes.

干净免费笑话,故事图片、视频剪辑 means clean free jokes, stories pictures and video-clips.

Rooster Jokes

How do you stop a rooster crowing on a Sunday?
Eat him on a Saturday.

Q: Why did the rooster cross the road?
A: To cockadoodle dooo something!

Q: Why did the rooster run away?
A: He was chicken!

Q: Why did the rooster cross the basketball court?
A: He heard the referee calling fowls

Q: What do you call a rooster who wakes you up at the same time every morning?
A: An alarm cluck!

Q: Why did the rooster get a tattoo?
A: He wanted to impress the chicks!

Movies

A man in a movie theater notices what looks like a rooster sitting next to him.
"Are you a rooster?" asked the man, surprised.
"Yes."
"What are you doing at the movies?"
The rooster replied, "Well, I liked the book."

Religious Cowboy

The devout cowboy lost his favourite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range.  Three weeks later, a rooster walked up to him carrying the Bible in its mouth.

The cowboy couldn't believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the rooster's beak, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, "It's a miracle!"

"Not really," said the rooster. "Your name is written inside the cover."

Rooster Proverbs

  • Sad is the house where the hen crows and the rooster is silent! (chinese proverb)
  • The rooster makes all the noise, but the hen rules the roost!
  • The rooster may rule the roost, but the hen rules the rooster!
  • The rooster may crow, but this hen lays the egg!
  • If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs. ( Russian Proverb)

Run-over the Rooster

A man was driving down a quiet country lane when out into the road strayed a rooster. Whack! The rooster disappeared under the car. A cloud of feathers.

Shaken, the man pulled over at the farmhouse, rang the door bell. A farmer appeared. The man, somewhat nervously said, "I think I killed your rooster, please allow me to replace him."

"Suit yourself," the farmer replied, "you can go join the other chickens, they're around the back."

It's been a tough year, but I've made it so far!

Chinese New Year 2017 - Rooster Jokes

But not everyone is as lucky as I am......

Chinese Chicken Cheats CookerChinese Chicken Cheats Cooker

Gan Shugen took a chicken out of the freezer after two days and was shocked to find it was still alive. Gan Shugen, of Chengdu city, China, says the hen was a gift from a relative, reports Chengdu Evening News. It was wrapped in a thick plastic bag with its legs bound so, assuming it was dead, Gan put it straight in the freezer.

Two days later, when he opened the freezer, he was amazed by what he saw. 'I heard weak sounds, and when I opened the bag, a red head popped out,' he said. 'It was still warm, and when I removed the tape, she could stand.'

Li Fazhi, of the Chinese Association of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, said he was mystified and added, 'If the hen was locked in a fridge, that's still amazing; but if she survived in a freezer for two days, that's magic,' he said. Gan has said that he will not eat the chicken but look after it in his home.

 

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