In Brief

Chinese New Year: What does the year of the rooster mean?

Why Prince Philip, Beyonce and Roger Federer should take extra care this year

gettyimages-52126150.jpg

Make way for the year of the rooster. Chinese New Year falls on 28 January and roughly a sixth of the world will be taking part in the festivities, greeting each other with "gong xi fa cai" or "gong hey fat choy" - "happy New Year" in Mandarin and Cantonese respectively.

Celebrations take place across two weeks and occur not just in China, but also Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan, as well as in cities across the world with Chinese immigrant populations.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the year of the rooster, following on from the year of the monkey, and the elemental sign is fire.

The way the system works – with 12 animals and five elements (the others are water, wood, earth and metal) – it is a combination that only occurs once every 60 years.

People born under the fire rooster are said to be trustworthy and have a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. They are also supposed to be popular, talkative and loyal – although the Daily Telegraph [1] warns they can be a little sensitive, stressed and moody.

Chinese horoscopes say that the year of your birth sign is actually the most unlucky, so roosters such as Prince Philip, Beyonce and Roger Federer need to watch out and avoid red and the numbers one, three and nine.

Still, the stars can be misleading. Last year, one leading Chinese astrologer forecast the monkey would lead to more women being in power - specifically Hillary Clinton. And look what happened there.

Recommended

How to create the ultimate outdoor entertaining space
Outdoor Kitchen Expert
The wish list

How to create the ultimate outdoor entertaining space

Making money: space diamonds and meteorite collecting
‘The Enigma’ 555.55 carat black diamond is being auctioned at Sotheby’s
Expert’s view

Making money: space diamonds and meteorite collecting

What could happen if China tried to invade Taiwan?
Chinese troops on mobile rocket launchers during a parade in Beijing
Fact file

What could happen if China tried to invade Taiwan?

Seven Park Place: sinful and sumptuous dining in St. James’s 
Saddle of lamb with turnips, onions and thyme is on the menu at Seven Park Place
In Review

Seven Park Place: sinful and sumptuous dining in St. James’s 

Popular articles

What would a Russian ‘lightning war’ against Ukraine look like?
Members of the Kiev territorial defence forces take part in drills outside Kiev, Ukraine
Getting to grips with . . .

What would a Russian ‘lightning war’ against Ukraine look like?

Is Bosnia on the brink of another civil war?
Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik
In Depth

Is Bosnia on the brink of another civil war?

Why is New Zealand shutting its borders again?
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern adjusts her face mask following a press conference
In Depth

Why is New Zealand shutting its borders again?

The Week Footer Banner