2017- Year of the Fire Rooster

Welcome to The Year of the Rooster, with celebrations starting on Saturday January 28th and running thru February 2nd. While the New Year is always cause for celebration, the Chinese also celebrate to acknowledge a year of hard work. This time is about resting and relaxing with family and friends while wishing one another luck and prosperity for the coming year.

If you live near San Francisco check out this year’s New Year Parade & Celebration on February 11th.

Dates & Celebration Periods

  • The standard public holiday for (Mainland) Chinese is the 7 days from Chinese New Year’s Eve to day 6 of the lunar calendar new year (January 27 – February 2, 2017)
  • Most people will return to work on Chinese New Year day 7. That’s Friday, February 3 in 2017
  • Traditional Holiday Period runs for 23 days
  • Traditionally the end of the Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year holiday) is the Lantern Festival — Chinese month 1 day 15 (February 11, 2017)
Photo Credit: Jakub Hałun

About The Chinese Zodiac

Known for its twelve animals and five elements, The Chinese Zodiac cycle is actually a fairly complicated system taking 60 years to complete. While you may know your animal based on your birth year, did you know the system goes much deeper? It does. There are also animal signs assigned by month (called inner animals), by day (called true animals) and hours (called secret animals). While a person might appear to be a Dragon because they were born in the year of the Dragon, they might also be a Snake internally, an Ox truly, and a Goat secretively.1

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What about the Rooster?

Just think about a rooster and you’ll have an insight into some common rooster traits. Always happy to be the center of attention, they are also popular, attractive, and amusing. Above all, they are confident. They also enjoy being surrounded by others.

Rooster Years

Other Rooster years include: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017. Each Chinese zodiac year begins on Chinese New Year’s Day.

Famous Fire Roosters

The following famous fire Roosters will be 60 this zodiac year: Dawn French, Donny Osmond, Martin Luther King III, Stephen Fry, Hans Zimmer, Dolph Lundgren, and Jools Holland.2

Rooster Qualities

Positive qualities include:

  • Kind-hearted
  • Attractive
  • Strong work ethic
  • Courageous
  • Independent
  • Organized

Negative qualities include:

  • Undiscerning
  • Arrogant
  • Manipulative
  • Overconfident


Best Match: Ox, Dragon, Snake
Worst Match: Rat, Rabbit, Rooster, Dog


Ideal Rooster Professions includes careers that allow for self-direction, autonomy, and independence or careers that require courage and conviction. Some examples include:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Public Service: Policeman or Policewoman, Diplomat
  • TV/Radio Personality, Actor
  • Clothing designer

What to Expect in 2017

January 28, 2017 to February 15, 2018 is marked in the lunar calendar as the Year of the Fire Rooster, a period when the fiery temperament of the Rooster is expected to infuse more enthusiasm and energy into our activities, increasing hopes for better prospects for everyone. How will the Rooster year compare to the previous year of the Monkey? More… 

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