Chinese New Year 2017: Year of the Red Fire Rooster
Happy Chinese New Year January 28, 2017
Red is the color of Chinese New Year 2017. It symbolizes luck and strength, action, and determination. But whose? Yours? China's? Everyone's? What can we look forward to after January 28, 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year?
This is the year of the Red Rooster--a very lucky year for people who joyously greet each day and act responsibly. In Chinese culture, red is the luckiest color, which explains why the doors of Chinese establishments are always painted red. Focus and luck together make it a wonderfully fortunate year for business.
What the Rooster Means
In Chinese astrology, each year is ruled by one of 12 animals. For most of 2017 the ruling animal is the Rooster. A proud symbol of virility and promise-keeping, he is the first of the animals to awaken each day, crowing to express his joy and pleasure in another day of life. His message awakens all other creatures to the divine miracle of sunrise. In mythology it is the rooster himself who brings forth the sun, loyally performing his sacred responsibility.
Is there a downside? How about a lot of irritating noise and false alarms, or aggression and panicking without cause? Get too near a rooster's flock and he will attack. Be aware that not everything you will hear this year is important or the truth. Staying vigilant about our own interests doesn't mean we should always be spoiling for a fight or in a panic.
The Chinese New Year celebration in 2017 begins with New Year's Eve on January 27. In China, there is a six-day work holiday.
Chinese New Year and Money
On January 27, 2017 the Chinese year of the Monkey ends. The last three Monkey years before 2016 were 2004, 1992, and 1980. In the U.S. they were all election years. The clever and energetic Monkey has fun playing tricks and throwing things. The more dignified Rooster helps us focus on the new day dawning. It will pay to be mindful, especially of business interests, keep an eye on the competition, and watch for opportunities. The year of the Rooster favors early risers.
During the Monkey year, self-indulgent overspending was always a temptation. The six days of the New Year's celebration are the always the best of the whole year to plan and make adjustments to enhance material prosperity. A Red Rooster year favors doing that anytime.
A delightful Chinese New Year's tradition is the "red packet," always containing money. Red envelopes are exchanged between relatives and friends, and distributed to employees, children, and grandchildren, along with good wishes. The money is in a red envelope so that the fortunate energy of red may cause the money to multiply.
For Luck and Prosperity
This is a Fire Rooster year (the last Fire Rooster year was 1957). Each Chinese zodiac year is governed by one of the five elements: earth, fire, wood, water, and gold (or metal). Because 2017 is a fire year, headstrong impulsive behavior might be good for falling in love at first sight but not so much for decision-making about health matters, investments or long-term commitments.
Pride reigns during a Fire Rooster year. Pride has a bad reputation, but people who have been overly shy or repressed might during 2017 emerge from the woodwork speaking up and asserting themselves. Vanity can also be a Fire Rooster year side effect. Superficial beauty and looks are likely to be overvalued. (Every rooster thinks he is the world's handsomest creature!) Avoid braggarts and showoffs.
Chinese astrology is realistic and understands not every event is favorable and life will always bring challenges. A proverb to remember says, "A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials."
Traditionally, the Chinese God of Age, during a Rooster year, frowns upon those born during Years of the Rooster: those born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, and 2005. The year 2017 is said not to be favorable for those born in Years of the Dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006. If you were born in a Year of the Dog, next year is your year. But negativity can be neutralized by wearing jade or red clothes. Someone else should purchase these red clothes for you. Chinese New Year's Day would be a good day for everyone to buy each other red socks or underwear--or to exchange red envelopes!
Even if it is not "your" new year, why not on Saturday, January 28, wish everyone "Gong hay fat choy," which is Cantonese Chinese for "Wishing you great happiness and prosperity!" Join a billion people who will be doing so!
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