With Chinese New Year quickly approaching, you may be wondering what you can do to capture a hint of luck for the upcoming year. With 2017 as the year of the rooster, you may be wondering what this means. This year will also be considered a fire year. Those born under the sign of the rooster and the fire will be honored during this time.


About the Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese zodiac assigns an animal to each year. There are 12 animals of the zodiac, and 2017 will be the year of the rooster. It is said that individuals born during different zodiac signs possess specific types of traits. Roosters are no exception.


Personalities Associated with Roosters

According to followers of the zodiac personality traits, those who are born in the year of the rooster are defined by both the animal and the element that guides them. For those born in 1957 and 2017 as a fire rooster, personality traits include trustworthiness and responsibility, especially when it comes to work.


Roosters born in the wood years, 1945 and 2005, are more energetic. They do tend to be overconfident and unstable, but they are passionate people.


Earth roosters, born in 1909 and 1969, are loving and generous. They tend to have a lot of friends and are trustworthy, much like fire roosters.


Gold roosters are those born in 1921 and 1981. These people are determined and hardworking, especially when it comes to accomplishing career goals. They are also brave people not easily deterred.


Water roosters are those born in 1933 and 1993. They are known for their sharp wits as well as their compassion for others.


Of course, it is truly the fire roosters who will really be taken notice of this year. Of course, this does not mean that the rest of us can’t have some fun celebrating this year as well.


How Roosters Stay Lucky this Year

Unfortunately, one’s birth sign is considered unlucky. Roosters should take great care in 2017. There are several things you can do to maintain some of your luck though. For instance, consider wearing red, one of the luckiest colors. It is said that red will drive away bad luck and even spirits that want to do harm. Add red accessories to your outfits, from socks and shoes to hair bands and belts. Just make sure you don’t buy them yourself. They need to be purchased for you. Jade jewelry is said to have the same effect.


Roosters will have luck with the numbers 5, 7, and 8. Their lucky days will be on the 4th and 26th of any lunar month in 2017. Roosters should consider the gladiola their lucky flower and face their lucky directions, south and southeast, as often as possible.


There are also several things to avoid this year. Roosters should avoid the numbers 1, 3, and 9. They should also avoid facing east. As it happens, the direction that one faces can actually have a tremendous impact on one’s luck and fortune for the year.


How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Those born under the rooster are known for their desire to be surrounded by people -- so why not celebrate that way? Chinese New Year is a time for fun and festivity, gathering with loved ones to welcome all the amazing things that 2017 has to offer. Parties and get-togethers are very common, but a quiet dinner with your nearest and dearest wouldn’t hurt either, right?


Giving gifts is another common way people celebrate Chinese New Year. From flowers and delicious fruits to gift hampers full of chocolates, biscuits, and other fun treats, presents are an essential feature of celebrating 2017 as it emerges. Don’t forget the significance of gifting red envelopes, especially when they are full of money.


Have you considered the parades and festivals going on during Chinese New Year? These festivities are always perfect for the entire family, especially if you look forward to watching the performers at the parade, especially the dragon dancers.


And of course, you may find yourself far away from family during the holidays. This does not mean that you cannot celebrate in style though. You can actually send your love and appreciation for family simply by sending a gift hamper, bouquet of flowers, or other special treat to remind them how much you care.