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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (Spring Festival as it has been called since the 20th century) remains the most important social and economic holiday in China.

Originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar (see below), the holiday was a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as one's ancestors. It was also a time to bring the family together for feasting and the renewal of family ties. With the popular adoption of the Western calendar in 1912, the Chinese joined the rest of the world in celebrating January 1st as New Year's Day.

Nonetheless, China continues to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year, although in a shorter version and with a new name – Spring Festival.

Significantly, younger generations of Chinese now observe the holiday in a very different manner as did their ancestors. For some young people, the holiday has evolved from an opportunity to renew family ties to a chance to relax from work and other obligations.

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If you were born on or between the following dates then you are Rooster:

1955     Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956 (Wood)  
1967     Feb 9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968 (Fire)     
1979     Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980 (Earth)  
1991     Feb 15, 1991 – Feb 3, 1992 (Metal)   
2003     Feb 1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004 (Water)

 13 February 1945 - 01 February 1946  Wood Rooster
31 January 1957 - 17 February 1958  Fire Rooster
17 February 1969 - 05 February 1970  Earth Rooster
05 February 1981 - 24 January 1982  Metal Rooster
23 January 1993 - 09 February 1994  Water Rooster
09 February 2005 - 28 January 2006  Wood Rooster
28 January 2017 - 15 February 2018  Fire Rooster

13 February 1945 to 01 February 1946 Wood Rooster
31 January 1957 to 17 February 1958 Fire Rooster
17 February 1969 to 05 February 1970 Earth Rooster
05 February 1981 to 24 January 1982 Metal Rooster
23 January 1993 to 09 February 1994 Water Rooster
09 February 2005 to 28 January 2006 Wood Rooster
28 January 2017 to 15 February 2018 Fire Rooster
13 February 2029 to 02 February 2030 Earth Rooster
1955     Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956 (Wood)  
1967     Feb 9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968 (Fire)     
1979     Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980 (Earth)  
1991     Feb 15, 1991 – Feb 3, 1992 (Metal)   
2003     Feb 1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004 (Water)
2015     31 Jan 2014 - 18 Feb 2015 (Wood)  
1955     Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956 (Wood)  
1967     Feb 9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968 (Fire)     
1979     Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980 (Earth)  
1991     Feb 15, 1991 – Feb 3, 1992 (Metal)   
2003     Feb 1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004 (Water)
2015     31 Jan 2014 - 18 Feb 2015 (Wood)  

(Please note: each year is associated with a basic element.)

2017 is Year of the Fire Rooster

 

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Chinese New Year (Some Technical Info)

2017 is year of the Red Rooster. The Chinese name of 2017 in the Chinese Horoscope calendar is 丁酉, (dīng yŏu). Chinese apply Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) into the Chinese calendar.  is in the Fire group. The color of Fire is connected to Red. is the calendar character corresponding to Rooster (Chicken). Therefore, 2017 is the Red Fire Rooster (Chicken) year.

2017 is the 4714th Chinese Year. According to Chinese Horoscope calendar, the first day of Red Rooster (Chicken) is on January 28, 2017. This day is not the Chinese New Year Day. Most of Internet Chinese horoscope sites use Chinese New Year Day to determine the Chinese zodiac sign, which is wrong. Chinese New Year Day of Red Rooster (Chicken) Year is on February 3, 2017. This is the reason that some people confuse their Chinese zodiac signs.

Element EARTH 
Color YELLOW 
Yin/Yang YIN 

Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 8
Equivalent Western Sign: Virgo
Element METAL
Color GOLD - BROWN
Yin/Yang YIN 

More info: https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/rooster.htm

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