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Happy New Year from The Seoul Times
"Year of Rooster" Dawns in 2017
Roosters Symbolic of Fidelity, Punctuality in E. Asia
2017 ushers in the Year of the Rooster, or Jeongyunyon (Ҵ)

2017 ushers in the Year of the Rooster, or Jeongyunyon (Ҵ) in Chinese character as the Year of the Monkey draws to a close.

The day of Jan. 28 (Sunday), 2017 marks the Lunar New Year's Day and the first day of the Year of the Rooster on the Lunar Calendar in South Korea. The day is the second New Moon after the Solstice.

In Chinese characters, "Jeong ()" means fire and "Yu ()" means rooster, respectively, in this Chinese characters of the Year of Fire Rooster.

Experts explain that roosters are the epitome of fidelity and punctuality, and the creatures bring wealth to the people born in this year.

The rooster is 10th among the cycle of the 12 Zodiac animals.

Particularly, the year 2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster. The Year of the Rooster has been in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017.

Just like Chinese and much of other East Asian people South Koreans still believe in Korean Zodiac of 12 Animal Gods (), originally from Chinese Zodiac.

Traditionally Koreans like many other East Asians think that roosters or chickens in a large sense symbolizes iron (), which also means gold in Chinese character.

So, the Year of the Fire Rooster brings money and wealth to humans. And people born in Year of Rooster can make huge success in business.

Roosters are also symbolic of "Five Virtues," knowledge, martial arts, valor, compassion, and reliance.

According to the experts, the "Five Virtues" of the rooster teaches humans a symbolic life of harmonization.

They also point out that people born in these years think deep about their shortages so that they can live a more complete life.

Foreigners can long on to for National Folks Museum of Korea for various events related New Year's Day celebrations.

The Korean zodiac, which was based on the Chinese system of astrology, still wields a great deal of influence on many segments of Korean society.

The Korean zodiac consists of 12 signs which are called 12 Animal Gods (). Each sign is named after an animal; Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

There is a legend about the origin of animal zodiac.

Buddha invited all the animals of the world to visit him and only 12 animals showed up. Then, he honored them by naming the year after them according to the order in which they are arrived. And 12 animals came to symbolize each year.

Each animal character indicates a specific year, time and direction by 12 division cycles. For instance, every year is named after an animal character in order. It means every 12th year has the same animal character and it starts all over again.

Also, 24 hours are divided by 12 division cycles, which means every two hour has its own animal character. And each character represents 30 degrees of direction as well.

The Korean zodiac system is not only an important measure, but also has special meaning to Koreans.

A person born in a certain year and at a certain time has a certain animal characteristic related to the Korean zodiac system.

When making decisions in life such as career, finance and marriage, it is common to get advice from fortune-tellers who interpret fortune or destiny using the animal zodiac. It has been believed that one's destiny and personality rely on one's character, which is based on the Korean zodiac system.

For these reasons, an animal character of the year is an important factor in Korean society.

Korean Zodiac of 12 Animal Characters

The Year of the Rat

The Year of the Rat:1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996. 2009. People born in the Year of the Rat are cheerful, thrifty, and resourceful. Bright and sociable, they are often very successful in business or politics. Although they guard their own secrets, they love to gossip about others. They can be generous at times, but their generosity extends only to those closest to them. Their compatible signs are Dragon, Monkey, and Ox.

The Year of the Ox

The Year of the Ox:1913, 1925, 1037, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997. 2009. People born in the Year of the Ox are hardworking, dependable, and down-to-earth. They are also quiet, methodical, and patient but are known for their fierce temper and stubbornness as well. Their most compatible signs are Snake, Rat, and Rooster.

The Year of the Tiger

The Year of the Tiger:1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998. 2010. People born in the Year of the Tiger are courageous, sincere, and affectionate. They also have a tendency to be suspicious, quick-tempered, and unpredictable. They inspire great respect in people but often come into conflict with elders or those in authority. Their practicality makes them good businesspeople. Horse is their most compatible sign. Other compatible signs are Dragon, Pig, and Dog.

The Year of the Rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit:1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999. 2011. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are virtuous, considerate, lucky, and easily moved by the problems and misfortunes of others. They are also known for their excellent taste. Being naturally cautious, they make good businesspeople. Their compatible signs are Snake, Monkey, and Horse.

The Year of the Dragon

The Year of the Dragon:1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000. 2012. People born in the Year of the Dragon are energetic, humorous, capable, and idealistic.
Their decisiveness can at times make them seem overconfident, but they do inspire confidence and trust. They are also quite excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn. Their compatible signs are Monkey, Rat, and Rooster.

The Year of the Snake

The Year of the Snake:1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001. 2013. People born in the Year of the Snake possess great wisdom as well as charming personality. However, they also tend to be vain, selfish, and even a bit stingy. Lucky in financial matters, they seldom have to worry about money. At times, they are moved to help those who are less fortunate. Their compatible signs are Ox, Rooster, and Dragon.

The Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse:1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978: 1990, 2002. 2014. People born in the Year of Horse are cheerful, active, and popular. They generally don't worry, and they adapt easily to different situations. They also tend to be fickle and overly talkative. Their ability to quickly analyze situations and handle business matters makes them good bankers and businesspeople. Their compatible signs are Tiger and Dog.

The Year of the Sheep

The Year of the Sheep:1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003. 2015. People born in the Year of the Sheep are gentle, compassionate, and often shy. They are also pessimistic and easily confused. Although they are born worriers, they are also quick to forget about their troubles. Their luck frequently brings them fortune as people leave them money in their wills. Their compatible signs are Horse, Pig, and Rabbit.

The Year of the Monkey

The Year of the Monkey:1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004. 2016. People born in the Year of the Monkey are quick-witted, versatile, and unique. They are good at making decisions but tend to look down on other people. Their ambitious drive often brings them wealth and fame. They are born innovators and also make good linguists. Their compatible signs are Dragon and Rat.

The Year of the Rooster

The Year of the Rooster:1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993. 2005. People born in the Year of the Rooster are often misunderstood. They are seemingly aggressive, self-assured, and even reckless, but are true conservatives at heart. They generally tend to promise more than they can give. They love to travel and to try different life-styles. They tend to have a moody disposition, and their fortunes, like their moods, swing high and low. Their compatible signs are Snake, Dragon, and Ox.

The Year of the Dog

The Year of the Dog:1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006. People who are born in the Year of the Dog are said to be intelligent and organized. They have a great sense of humor and are known for their loyalty and feeling of responsibility. They are also secretive and somewhat selfish and stubborn. Their honesty and fairness make them good judges. Their compatible signs are Horse, Tiger, Rabbit, and Pig.

The Year of the Pig

The Year of the Pig:1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995., 2007. People born in the Year of the Pig are courageous, loyal, and thoughtful. They also have a great thirst for knowledge. Quick-tempered and introverted, they have a hard time making friends, but their friendships are lasting. Sometimes they tend to be too honest for their own good. Not good at business, they are more suited to literature and the arts. Their compatible signs are Rabbit, Sheep, Dog, and Dragon.






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