The Year of the Rooster


Although the first month of 2017 is ending, today is New Year’s Day in Australia for those who follow the lunar calendar.  The lunar calendar follows the cycle of the moon so there is a new moon on the first day of the lunar month and a full moon in the middle of the month.  The Chinese calls it the Farmers’ Calendar as all cultivation is planned  according to the phases of the moon.

The Chinese uses a 60 year cycle, each year is given the name of one of twelve animals in one of five elements (12 x 5 = 60) and this year is the Year of the Fire Rooster.

Yesterday I was at the market and the fishmongers and fruiterers were mobbed.  Hot items were:

Fish – 魚 – a symbol of plenty as the word sounds like 餘 (excess)

Mandarins -柑 - sounds like 金 (‘gold‘ in Cantonese))

Pineapples – 黃梨 -sounds like 旺來 (’arrival of prosperity’ in some dialects)

I noticed ‘lucky bamboo’ for sale – 竹 bamboo sounds like 足 in Cantonese -that means  ‘enough‘ – and who wouldn’t want enough of everything?’  I didn’t have to buy any because I have my own grove of black bamboo and that is enough.

P.s.:  those  ‘lucky bamboos’ are NOT bamboos.  They are Dracaenas and as such, are not the lucky charms, if you believe such things.


Wishing you all a happy, healthy and fruitful year!


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15 Responses to The Year of the Rooster

  1. angela1313 says:

    I’ve celebrated lunar new year since I lived in California and would go to the Chinatown in San Francisco. I love everything about the celebratiom except the cleaning that comes first, It’s good hear thoughm when the house has been shut up for winter. Happy New Year.

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  2. arlingwoman says:

    Thank you, Mary, for the explanation and for the new year’s wishes. Best of the new year to you!

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  3. Happy new year Mary! Have great one..

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  4. gaiainaction says:

    Yes wishing you a very Happy New Year Mary, may you be blessed with all that is nice :-)

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  5. taphian says:

    Happy New Year to you, too, dear Mary. May all your wishes get true, good health etc. regards Mitza

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  6. zdunno03 says:

    Happy Lunar New Year to you, too. Lucky you to have your own bamboo grove.

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