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Chinese New Year 2017: Animal, Element & Must-See Details

Chinese New Year Animal 2017

(Photo by Andrew Wong/Getty Images)

In the Chinese calendar, every year is represented by one of 12 different animals. 2017 is no different. So for the Chinese New Year, the animal that defines 2017 is: the Rooster. The Rooster is the tenth sign in the Chinese zodiac. The last time we were in the Year of the Rooster was 2005. The next time we’ll be in the Year of the Rooster will be 2029.

When Is Chinese New Year 2017?

Technically the Chinese lunar calendar begins on January 28th, 2017 and will continue until February 15, 2018, so you’ve still got a few more days before we’re done with the Year of the Monkey–which I think we can all agree was pretty awful.

What Animal Is This Year?

In the Chinese lunar calendar, 2017 will be the Year of the Rooster, although the dates don’t match up with the Western calendar. In the West, January 1st marks the first day of the New Year. In the Chinese lunar calendar, the first day of 2017 will be January 28th.

What Element Is This Year?

In addition to each year having a different animal, each zodiac year is associated with a different element (gold, wood, water, fire, earth). In 2017, we’re in the year of the Fire Rooster. In 2005, we were in the year of the Water Rooster. In 2029, we will be in the year of the Earth Rooster.

According to the Chinese element theory, people born in the Year of the Fire Rooster will be trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.

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