Happy Lunar New Year! 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster. Within Chinese astrology, each year is connected to one of 5 elements, and also an animal. The elements are gold/metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. When combined with the animal, these components form the astrology for the year. The last Fire Rooster year was in 1957.

Whether you're hoping to learn more about what Roosters can expect from 2017, or how you can get in on the celebrations, read on!

The History of The Chinese Zodiac

Long ago, 12 animals competed in a race across a river. The rat received a ride on the back of the kind ox. But as they neared the riverbank, the rat sneakily jumped off, taking first place (the ox  took second). Thus the first year on the Chinese zodiac calendar is the Year of the Rat, followed by the Year of the Ox. The other creatures take years based on when they finished the race.

There are many versions of this story, and they all connect animals with the Lunar New Year. Learning which animal is associated with your year of birth will tell you more about when to expect good (or bad) luck, and how to make sure your fortune is positive.

The Year of the Rooster

Roosters have been viewed as important to time since the Zhou dynasty, for thousands of years. This is because the rooster begins the day and is in charge of daylight. This also leads to the rooster being associated with hard work and diligence. Because the rooster is always the first one to wake up, Roosters have bold energy that allows them to seize each day.

Roosters tend to enjoy socializing and being the center of attention. They are observant, active, and talkative.  They also tend to enjoy athletic activities. Some famous Roosters include Beyoncé, Bob Marly, Jennifer Lopez, and Jennifer Anniston.

In 2017, Roosters are expected to be unlucky - being in the year of your birth sign does not bring good tidings. Therefore, Roosters should be extra careful with their finances and keep a close eye on their health. They should also evaluate their romantic relationships and decide to either get married or break up, depending on the relationship's strength.

Roosters can also embrace their lucky numbers, colors, and more to make sure they turn their fortune around:

  • Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 8 / Unlucky Numbers: 1, 3, 9
  • Lucky Colors: Gold, Brown, Yellow / Unlucky Colors: White, Green
  • Lucky Directions: West, Southwest, Northeast / Unlucky Directions: East, North

Celebrating Lunar New Year in Seattle

The Lunar New Year lasts several weeks and begins on Saturday, January 28th. If you'd like to get in on the celebrating, you can find a wide variety of events across the city. Some of the most notable include:

Hoping to celebrate at home and with your family? Last New Year, we wrote about ongoing traditions and how you can enjoy the festivities with your loved ones. Check that post out for some ideas! And may you experience the best of luck this year!

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.