"Rooster, Chicken" in Traditional (top) and Simplified (bottom) Chinese characters
The Rooster (simplified Chinese : 鸡 ; traditional Chinese : 雞/鷄 ) is the tenth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rooster is represented by the Earthly Branch symbol 酉.
In the Tibetan zodiac and the Gurung zodiac, the bird is in place of the Rooster.
People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Rooster", while bearing the following elemental signs:
|Start date||End date||Heavenly branch|
|22 January 1909||9 February 1910||Earth Rooster|
|8 February 1921||27 January 1922||Metal Rooster|
|26 January 1933||13 February 1934||Water Rooster|
|13 February 1945||1 February 1946||Wood Rooster|
|31 January 1957||17 February 1958||Fire Rooster|
|17 February 1969||5 February 1970||Earth Rooster|
|5 February 1981||24 January 1982||Metal Rooster|
|23 January 1993||9 February 1994||Water Rooster|
|9 February 2005||28 January 2006||Wood Rooster|
|28 January 2017||15 February 2018||Fire Rooster|
|13 February 2029||2 February 2030||Earth Rooster|
|1 February 2041||21 January 2042||Metal Rooster|
|19 February 2053||7 February 2054||Water Rooster|
|5 February 2065||25 January 2066||Wood Rooster|
|24 January 2077||11 February 2078||Fire Rooster|
|10 February 2089||29 January 2090||Earth Rooster|
|21 January 2101||16 February 2102||Metal Rooster|
|Earthly Branches:||酉 Yǒu|
|The Five Elements:||Metal / Gold|
|Lucky Numbers:||5, 7, 8; Avoid: 1, 3, 9|
|Lucky Flowers:||gladiola, impatiens, cockscomb|
|Lucky Colors:||gold, brown, yellow; Avoid: white, green|
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