Chinese New Year 2017, Year of the Rooster

2017’s Chinese New Year will begin on January 28th. Celebrations typically last around two weeks, with the first day typically spent giving gifts and celebrating with family. This year the celebrations are set to finish on February 2nd. Each year the date for Chinese New Year changes as it is based on the lunar calendar, but it always falls between January and February.

Each lunar year is in a cycle of twelve months which the Chinese calendar attaches a different animal to each year. This year is the year of the Rooster. This is the tenth sign of the zodiac and people born in the year of the Rooster are seen as confident, hardworking and honest but can sometimes be considered as attention seekers. Tradition states that the year of your birth makes for an unlucky 12 months. This means that if you are a Rooster then 2017 will be an unlucky 12 months for you. Find out below which Chinese zodiac sign you are:

Rooster

Years of the Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

Monkey

Years of the Monkey include 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.

Dragon

Years of the Dragon include 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 and 2024.

Tiger

Years of the Tiger include 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and 2022.

Goat

Years of the Goat include 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027 and 2039.

Dog

Years of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and 2030.

Horse

Years of the Horse include 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 and 2026.

Snake

Years of the Snake include 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 and 2025.

Ox

Years of the Ox include 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021.

Rat

Years of the Rat include 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020.

Pig

Years of the Pig include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 and 2031.

Rabbit

Years of the Rabbit include 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 and 2023.

Chinese New Year is celebrated across the world. In the UK cities such as London, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle celebrate with parades, dragon dancers and lanterns. Most of these celebrations are free and in London over 700,000 people flock to celebrate making their festivities the largest outside of Asia. Do you celebrate Chinese New Year? If so, how will you be celebrating? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

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