It's new years eve in China or everyone's new favourite Superpower as it has recently become known so anyone born between tomorrow and January 2018 will be a Rooster along with anyone born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005.
I was born in 1969 so am therefore a Rooster along with Dawn French, Donny Osmond, Martin Luther King, Stephen Fry, Dolph Lundgren, Bob Marley, Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears but all of us had better watch our step in 2017 as according to Chinese astrology, the year of ones birth sign is the most unlucky year in the 12-year cycle.
Roosters are believed to be observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, talented but can be a bit arrogant but to make it a bit more in depth, what type of Rooster you are depends on your birth year so the 1969 Rooster an Earth Rooster and is also lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular while the 1981 Gold Rooster is determined, brave, perseverant, and hardworking.
The 1993 born Water Rooster is smart, quick-witted, tenderhearted, and compassionate, the Wood Rooster born in 2005 is energetic, overconfident, tender, and unstable.
The yet to be born Fire Roosters of 2017 will be trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility.
As 2017 is bad luck for us Roosters we should be clinging to things which are lucky for us which include numbers 5, 7 and 8 along with the colours gold, brown, and yellow and especially spend the next 12 months avoiding the colour red and the numbers 1,3 and 9.
Some things that you should not do tomorrow on Chinese New Years Day is eat porridge (brings poverty), no sewing or knitting (depletes wealth) don't wash clothes (washed away good luck), no crying (brings bad luck), don't use scissors or knives (cuts wealth), don't borrow or lend money (leads to debt), don't wear plain black or white clothes (unlucky), eat pears (leaving soon) or give anybody four of anything (brings death) and don't visit a hospital (brings illness).
So 新年快乐, Xīnnián Kuàilè or Happy New Year and spare a thought for pears and knife salesmen and laundrette staff.