The Year of the Rooster
As we celebrate the Year of the Rooster in 2017 it’s probably no surprise to find Rooster people are punctual to a fault - in the centuries before alarm clocks it was the rooster’s crow at dawn that signaled the start of the working day. Now, the rare rooster call early in the morning is a quaint reminder of a past era.
In the Chinese calendar this is the Year of the Fire Rooster, meaning people born under this sign are social creatures very aware of their image but inclined to trample on other people’s toes.But such bluntness comes not from being mean but through honesty. Other positive attributes of this 10th sign of the zodiac are confidence, leadership, high motivation, being active and likely to have successful careers in fields where they can display their talents, like dance, music and acting, as well as banking, accountancy and the armed services.
The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, now celebrating 21 years, shines a spotlight on all cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year.
More than 1,000 performers from different communities celebrating the Lunar New Year will take part in live community performances and workshops, from traditional lion dances and folk dances, to hip hop, martial arts and drumming.
At Martin Place, the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub will feature a 50 metre canopy of red lanterns, food, drink, The Star Fortune Mahjong Garden and nightly music and entertainment.
Another highlight of the festival is the Lunar Lanterns exhibition. The exhibition features 12 giant lanterns of the Chinese zodiac signs – some towering up to 10 metres tall – with an additional Year of the Rooster lantern in the heart of Chinatown.
The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival continues until February 12.