Tuesday, January 3, 2017
What animal takes over from the Year of the Monkey?

ALTHOUGH the world is celebrate the start of 2017 today, the Chinese New Year does not begin until later on in the month 28th of Jan.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.

Babies born in the new year as well as those born in 1957 are fire roosters – said to be trustworthy and responsible with a good sense of timekeeping.

Roosters are said to be the most motivated animal in the Chinese zodiac and always put their careers first. 

Babies born this year will be well suited to becoming a journalist, soldier or surgeon – according to traditional beliefs.

The number 8 is considered lucky because its homophone sounds like wealth, while the number six sounds like smooth and is also hugely appreciated. 

The number four should not be given because its homophone sounds like death.

To mark the new year grand fireworks displays will be held and Chinese people will set off firecrackers for several days. 

The loud bangs are thought to ward off bad spirits.
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