Year of the Rooster

by Joseph McKeown


 The rooster, part of the Zodiac Spectacular at Crown Towers in Melbourne, Australia.

The rooster, part of the Zodiac Spectacular at Crown Towers in Melbourne, Australia.

It's the Lunar New Year! Communities in the United States and around the world will celebrate the Lunar New Year beginning tomorrow, Saturday, January 28. According to the Chinese zodiac, it will be the Year of the Rooster. The tenth in the twelve-year cycle of Chinese zodiac signs, the rooster represents fidelity and punctuality. In Melbourne, Australia, where Protima is traveling for business, there are many events for the New Year including the Dragon Parade in Chinatown along with the incredibly beautiful Zodiac Spectacular featuring a large-scale display of animals of the Chinese zodiac at the Atrium at Crown Towers.

Back here in New York City, in addition to the New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony and New Year Parade, revelers can enjoy the light installation at the Empire State Building tonight as well as the New York Philharmonic Chinese New Year Concert at Lincoln Center next week. However you celebrate, know that according to advice prepared for the Zodiac Spectacular by Master Janene Laird (AFSM) "you should feel empowered this year with a renewed sense of purpose and ready to take on any new challenges or projects which lay ahead." But those born in a Rooster year should be careful since they are "offending the Tai Sui or Grand Duke and this can lead to careless mistakes, lapses in judgment or even knife injuries."