Happy Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year festivities kicked off on Friday, January 27 (New Year’s Eve), and the “Spring Festival” extends for 15 days until February 2.
This weekend on Saturday, the Chinese celebrate their own calendar new year 2017. The Chinese Zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, with an animal representing each year. In 2017, the Chinese enter the Year of the Rooster.
Chinese zodiac’s are determined by birth year, so each zodiac gets the spotlight once every 12 years. According to Chinese folklore, the order of these zodiac’s was determined by a race that was won by a clever Rat who rode on a Ox’s back until it was able to cross the finish line first.
This is how the Rat became the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac, followed by the Ox. 2017 is the year of the Rooster and it is believed that anyone born under this sign will have a good yea, with plenty of luck and opportunities.
The Year of the Rat (2008), is followed up by the Year of the Ox (2009), Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake (2013), Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster (2017), Dog and Pig. According to the Chinese Zodiac, your birth year says more than just your age.
The Chinese believe that they animal ruling your birth year has a profound influence on your personality, relationships and destiny.
Crickey Conservation Society.