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The Cock Has Crowed: What to Expect in the Year of the Rooster

Although many countries in Indochina have their own new year traditions – Thailand, for example, has the wild water celebration that is Songkran – Chinese New Year is also often celebrated. South East Asian countries commonly have an ethnic Chinese community, and once they start celebrating, many from the population as a whole feel they just have to join in! Areas with large populations of ethnically Chinese people will have colourful celebrations – Bangkok’s Chinatown, for example, plays host to a huge block party to see in the new year. So here at Banana Tree, we’re big fans of Chinese New Year.

And as the Chinese new year is nearly upon us – this year, it falls on the 28th of January – we’ve all been paying keen attention to our horoscopes, wondering what the future will hold. The Chinese lunar calendar consists of years for the twelve Heavenly Creatures of the Zodiac, with each year assigned one of the five traditional Chinese elements – making for a cycle of 60 years overall. For example, 2016 saw the Year of the Fire Monkey – and in 2017, it’s the turn of the Fire Rooster.

So what does the Year of the Rooster hold for us this time around? According to Chinese astrology, it all depends on the sign you were born under – Dragons and Snakes are poised to do very well, while Rabbits might have a trickier time of things. Funnily enough, it will also be an unlucky year for 

Roosters themselves – traditionally, the year of your sign is always considered to be unfavourable. (On the other hand, Roosters are also considered to be active, out-going and healthy, so they’ll probably be able to cope.)

The Year of the Rooster is (according to astrologers) expected to inject added enthusiasm and energy into proceedings – and the Fire Rooster is an especially volatile sign. Fire is destructive and innovative – so it looks like 2017 is shaping up to be a year of radical changes. The Year of the Rooster is good for ambitious and diligent workers – set yourself big goals, but make sure that you carry them out carefully and meticulously. Remember that the Year of the Rooster can cause overconfidence and more than its fair share of hare-brained schemes – keep yourself down to earth, and you’re sure to find success. In fact, the presence of two lucky stars – Jiangxing and Jinkui – mean that leaders and creative people will find recognition and big achievements this year.

So if there’s a project that you’ve been thinking about for a while and haven’t gotten around to it yet, this is the year to do it. Ambition and enterprise will be rewarded – so work hard, and prepare to reap the rewards of your efforts throughout the Year of the Rooster!

Banana Tree is the home of Indochinese food in the UK. We have Indochinese Thai restaurants in Angel, Soho and West Hampstead, as well as Oxford, Milton Keynes and other locations. Pop along to one of our Banana Tree restaurants to celebrate the Year of the Rooster in Indochinese style!