By Ting Foon Chick
Cock-a-doodle-do! What will the year of the Rooster bring for you? On January 27th 2017 there’s a big celebration for Chinese New Year. The Rooster struts in as the ruler for the next twelve months in the Chinese calendar. A night before a new moon will give the perfect backdrop for fireworks to light up the skies in the far east. The lunar Chinese New Year begins on January 28th 2017 and people all over the world will wake up in the year of the Rooster. Or will they? Even though millions of people would have exchanged good wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year, astrologers will greet the solar year of the Rooster on February 4th. The Monkey will still be the year ruler in charge for any babies born between January 28th and February 4th 2017. Why? The Chinese calendar tracks both the cycles of the moon and the cycles of the sun. Over the centuries, folks in the Middle Kingdom that’s the literal translation of China,(pronounced Zhōngguó in mandarin) would observe the moon in the night sky and keep track of the months. The second new moon after the Winter Solstice is the time to celebrate the new year.