Cock-a-Doodle-Doo and Happy Chinese New Year Too
Happy New Year! Today, January 28 marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year which is celebrated enthusiastically on the other side of the world with fireworks and fanfare. And 2017 is the Year of the Red Fire Rooster.
If you’re like most people, your understanding of the Chinese zodiac doesn’t extend beyond what you see on the paper placemats at your favorite Chinese restaurant. While you’re waiting for your wonton soup and egg roll, you refresh your memory as to whether or not you are a Rabbit? Or maybe a Rat? But if you’re a Rooster, then this is your year.
As you might imagine with an animal that starts it day off crowing, roosters don’t shy away from the spotlight, as shown by celebrity Roosters like Beyonce and Bob Marley. But they are know to be hardworking people how could definitely chat you up at the latest fete, which they are always willing to attend.
This year, Chinese astrology dictates that Roosters will have to monitor their money and health extra carefully. However, when it comes to love, Roosters truly in love are advised to get married. Those in dead-end relationships should consider breaking up, according to the astrology.
Legend has it that the 12 creatures represented on the Chinese Zodiac calendar were the animals that Buddha invited to a celebration. While there the animals participated in a race across a river. The order of the animals on the calendar reflects their completion of the race – the rat placing first and the pig finishing last. The animal signs are repeated every 12 years. The Chinese believe that the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality.
The animal signs also serve a useful social function for finding out people’s ages. Instead of asking directly how old a person is, people often ask what his or her animal sign is. This would place that person’s age within a cycle of 12 years, and with a bit of common sense, you can deduce the exact age.
So it’s Gung Hay Fat Choy (Happy New Year) to all your Red Fire Roosters, especially those living in Saguache Today.