Happy Chinese New Years! The year of the Fire Rooster is here. The Year of the Fire Rooster is said to be a year full of progress and integrity that will teach us to temper our passion and emotions. Along with this New Year, comes spring! According to the official Chinese calendar, spring begins February 3rd.
Fun Facts about Roosters
Roosters have been a symbol for centuries, at times even being worshipped as a mascot.
They were considered an extremely important animal as they ate insects that were harmful to humans.
In ancient times, roosters were also natural alarm clocks as they crow at the approach of dawn. However, in current times, roosters tend to crow at random times in the night, this is possibly due to street lights and other surrounding light they see at nighttime.
How Chinese New year animals are chosen
There are many legends and lores. Here are a few.
The Ox, Horse, Goat, Rooster, Pig and Dog are the 6 main domestic animals raised by Chinese and then there are the rat, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, and monkey whom are loved by the Chinese. Then the animals are put into two categories, yin and yang. It is said that, they are placed in categories based on whether they have odd or even number of claws or hooves and then alternated.
The most widespread legend is, The Emperor in Heaven ordered that animals would be designated as calendar signs and the twelve that arrived first would be selected. This one is our favorite.
Share with us your animal sign in the comments below! We wish you a happy Chinese new year!