The official Chinese New Year has started in celebration of the Year of the Rooster. The Chinese calendar assigns an animal from a rotating zodiac of 12 which cycles through rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

The legend behind the celebration centers around the mythical beast called Nian who appeared on the eve of the Chinese New Year. Nian would destroy houses, and terrorize villagers, especially the children. Parents and children would not sleep in fear that they may become a victim of Nian.

One year, an old man stayed up all night to take revenge on Nian while the others hid. The legend goes that the old man placed red paper on each household’s door and set off firecrackers. The following day, they realized nothing was destroyed. They assumed the old man was a deity who had come to save them and that Nian was afraid of red and loud noises. From then on the villagers wore red clothes, hung red lanterns and put up red spring scrolls on windows and doors. Nian never came back again.

Another tradition centers on parents giving out Ya Sui Qian (a red packet with money) to their children as an act of spiritual health insurance. This comes from the legend of Sui, the monster who would touch a child’s head as they slept causing them to become ill.

However, it was said that when their parents prayed sincerely, God sends eight guards disguised as coins to protect them. So, people threaded eight coins on red string and placed them under the children's pillows.  This became an annual custom and the monster Sui no longer came near. The people called the coins Ya Sui Qian, meaning “lucky money warding off the evil spirit”. As time passed, paper notes replaced the coins and the envelope replaced the thread.

2017 is a Fire Rooster Year. Per Chinese astrology, each year is associated with one of five elements as well as an animal, including gold (metal), wood, water, fire or Earth. The element, combined with the zodiac animal, set the astrology for the year. This year is a fire year, and so those born in 2017 are Fire Roosters. The last Fire Rooster Year was 1957.

Famous Roosters include Beyoncé, Bob Marley, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston. Famous Fire Roosters include Stephen Fry, Steve Buscemi and Hans Zimmer.

Roosters are characterized as observant and hardworking. Active and talkative, Roosters tend to enjoy social events and being in the center of attention, per Chinese astrology. They also typically enjoy sports, per traits set by the astrology.

Born in 1990, Cornerstone Relocation Group is not a Fire Rooster, but a Metal Horse. For 27 years, boldly transforming and enabling global relocation worldwide.

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