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Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year of The Rooster


2017 Lunar New Year of The Rooster

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2017 Lunar New Year of The Rooster

The Year of The FireRooster Were you born during The Year of the Rooster? In the last 100 years, the Year of the Rooster has fallen in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029. If you were born in the Year of the Rooster what kind of person are you? In Chinese astrology, roosters are very observant. They are always active, amusing, and popular within a crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful. They are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering and they enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm on any occasion. Roosters expect others to listen to them while they speak, and can become agitat

ed if they don’t. Their behavior of continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times. Where is the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese Zodiac? It is the tenth sign of the Chinese Zodiac which completes its cycle every 12 years. Other signs include the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, dog pig and monkey. Is there only one type of rooster year? No, there are five types of rooster, each with different characteristics. As well as having a Chinese zodiac sign, according to Chinese element theory each year is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire or Earth, which means, for example, that a Fire Rooster comes once in a 60-year cycle. 2017 sees the first return of the Fire Rooster since 1957.

The five types are: Wood Rooster (1945, 2005) Energetic, overconfident, tender, and unstable

not be the luckiest for people born in previous years of the rooster. What are the other vital signs?

Fire Rooster (1957, 2017) Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work

Numbers – lucky 5, 7, and 8; unlucky 1, 3, and 9 Colors – lucky gold, brown, and yellow; unlucky red

Earth Rooster (1909, 1969) Lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular with their friends

Months – lucky the 2nd, 5th, and 11th Chinese lunar months; unlucky the 3rd, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months.

Gold Rooster (1921, 1981) Determined, brave, perseverant, and hardworking Water Rooster (1933, 1993) Smart, quick-witted, tenderhearted, and compassionate. What does this year say about luck? It is reckoned that 2017 will

Ideal partner – ox or snake; least ideal partner – rat, rabbit, horse, or pig Who was born in the Year of the Rooster? Steve Martin, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jack Black, Peter Dinklage, Edward Norton, Gwen Stefani, Matthew McConaughhey, Britney Spears, Amy Schumer, Alessandra Ambrosio, Ariana Grande among many others.


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Roosters are those born after the Chinese New Year in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017. They are characterized as trustworthy, hardworking, strong at timekeeping, career-driven and good at multitasking. Here are 10 things to know about the year 1. Start date and end date The Year of Rooster will start from Jan. 28, 2017 and will last until Feb. 15, 2018.

2. Compatible with other signs The Roosters are most compatible with Chinese signs Ox, Snake and Dragon and hence, the year will be good for the aforementioned signs. However, the Roosters likely do not get along well with the sign Rabbit and so those born under the Rabbit they shall be cautious. Considering the western sign, the Roosters are compatible with Virgos.

3. Element: fire Out of the five Taoist elements (fire, earth, water, metal and wood), 2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster, which means the year will be full of enthusiasm, passion, joy and creativity. However, the enthusiasm can lead the Roosters to take more responsibility than they can handle. Hence, they shall be careful, specifically during the autumn season.

4. Luck hours: 5PM to 7PM If there are special activities that the Roosters are planning for in the following year, they will be more successful if undertaken during the lucky hours. Apart from Rooster hours, Ox, Snake and Dragon are also lucky this year. Rooster hours – 5PM to 7PM Ox hours – 1PM to 3PM Snake hours – 9PM to 11PM Dragon hours – 7PM to 9PM

5. Lucky Colors – Gold, Brown and Yellow The Roosters’ list of lucky colors includes gold, brown and yellow. However, according to Feng Shui expert wearing earthly colors such as beige, cream and terra cotta will also be good for the year. While wearing red was considered lucky last year, this year, for the Year of the Rooster, the color is considered unlucky. Hence, avoid wearing red in the forthcoming year.

6. Lucky Numbers — 5, 7, and 8 While numbers 5, 7 and 8 are considered lucky, numbers 1, 3 and 9 are unlucky, according to Chinese zodiac.

7. Lucky direction – south, southeast South and southeast directions are thought to be lucky this year. On the other hand, eastern direction is considered unlucky. Hence, face the south to begin an important work or task in the coming year.

8. Lucky flowers - gladiola, cockscomb and impatiens The lucky blooms for the year are gladiola, cockscomb and impatiens. Hence, they may be used for decoration and gifting purposes.

9. Lucky days - fourth and 26th of any Chinese lunar month The fourth and the 26th days of all Chinese lunar months are considered lucky for the Roosters. On the other hand, second, fifth and 11th days of the months are unlucky.

10. Lucky charm – necklace To enhance your luck this year, wear a necklace or a bracelet that has a rooster sign on it. This will diffuse the disadvantages coming in the way and bring good luck in the year 2017. 2017, the Year of the Rooster, may not be all good for the Roosters and so they shall be extra cautious during this Chinese New Year because the year isn’t considered lucky for the respective birth sign. In fact, it is considered the most unlucky year in the cycle of 12 years. Hence, Roosters shall also take note of the lucky colors, charms, flowers, hours and days to counter the bad luck coming their way. Furthermore, keeping a positive attitude and welcoming the New Year with enthusiasm, new clothes, dragon and lion dances will help driving the evil spirits away.


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Symbolic Food of Lunar New Year Certain dishes are eaten during the Chinese New Year for their symbolic meaning. Lucky food is served during the 16-day festival season, especially New Year’s Eve, which is believed to bring good luck for the coming year. The auspicious symbolism of these foods is based on their pronunciations or appearance. Not only do the dishes themselves matter, but also the preparation, and ways of serving and eating mean a lot. The most common Chinese New Year foods includes dumplings, fish, spring rolls, and niangao. Fish — an Increase in Prosperity In Chinese, “fish” (鱼 Yú /yoo/) sounds like ‘surplus’. Chinese people always like to have a surplus at the end of the year, because they think if they have managed to save something at the end of the year, then they can make more in the next year. The Meaning of Various Fish What fish should be chosen for the New Year feast is based on auspicious homophonics.

The fish should be the last dish left with some left over, as this has auspicious homophonics for there being surpluses every year. This is practiced north of the Yangtze River, but in other areas the head and tail of the fish shouldn’t be eaten until the beginning of the year, which expresses the hope that the year will start and finish with surplus. There are some rules related to the position of the fish. The head should be placed toward distinguished guests or elders, representing respect. Diners can enjoy the fish only after the one who faces the fish head eats first. The fish shouldn’t be moved. The two people who face the head and tail of fish should drink together, as this is considered to have a lucky meaning. These customs are observed in a lively and light-hearted spirit, full of laughing and banter. Fish can be cooked in various ways such as boiling, steaming, and braising. The most famous Chinese fish dishes include steamed weever, fish with pickled cabbage and chili, steamed fish in vinegar sauce, and boiled fish with spicy broth. Chinese Dumplings — Wealth With a history of more than 1,800 years, dumplings (饺子 Jiaozi ) are a classic Chinese food, and a traditional dish eaten on Chinese New Year’s Eve, widely popular in China, especially in North China. Chinese dumplings can be made to look

Crucian carp: As the first character of ‘crucian carp’ (鲫鱼 jìyú /jee-yoo/) sounds like the Chinese word 吉 (jí /jee/ ‘good luck’), eating crucian carp is considered to bring good luck for the next year. Chinese mud carp: The first part of the Chinese for “mud carp” (鲤鱼 lǐyú / lee-yoo/) is pronounced like the word for gifts. So Chinese people think eating mud carp during the Chinese New Year symbolizes wishing for good fortune. Catfish: The Chinese for “catfish” (鲶 鱼 niányú /nyen-yoo/) sounds like 年余 (nián yú) meaning ‘year surplus’. So eating catfish is a wish for a surplus in the year. Eating two fish, one on New Year’s Eve and one on New Year’s Day, (if written in a certain way) sounds like a wish for a surplus year-after-year. If only one catfish is eaten, eating the upper part of the fish on New Year’s Eve and the remainder on the first day of the new year can be spoken with the same homophonic meaning. How a Fish Is Eaten Matters a Lot

How they’re made: Almost all Chinese people can make dumplings. First they mix the dough, second make the dough into round “wrappers” with a rolling pin, third fill the wrappers with stuffing, fourth pinch the “wrapper” together into the desired shape, and fifth cook them. Different Dumpling Fillings Have Different Meanings Chinese don’t eat Chinese sauerkraut ( 酸菜 suncài /swann-tseye/) dumplings at Spring Festival, because it implies a poor and difficult future. On New Year’s Eve it is a tradition to eat dumplings with cabbage and radish, implying that one’s skin will become fair and one’s mood will become gentle. How to Make LUCKY Dumplings When making dumplings there should be a good number of pleats. If you make the junction too flat, it is thought to purport poverty. Some Chinese put a white thread inside a dumpling, and the one who eats that dumpling is supposed to possess longevity. Sometimes a copper coin is put in a dumpling, and the one who eats it is supposed to become wealthy. Dumplings should be arranged in lines instead of circles, because circles of dumplings are supposed to mean one’s life will go round in circles, never going anywhere. Spring Rolls — Wealth Spring rolls (春卷 Chunjuen) get their name because they are traditionally eaten during the Spring Festival. It is a dish especially popular in East China: Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Fujian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, etc. Spring rolls are a Cantonese dim sum

Sweet Rice Balls — Family Togetherness Sweet rice ball (汤圆 Tongyuán / tung-ywen/) is the main food for China’s Lantern Festival, however, in south China, people eat them throughout the Spring Festival. The pronunciation and round shape of tangyuan are associated with reunion and being together. That’s why they are favored by the Chinese during the New Year celebrations. Longevity Noodles — Happiness and Longevity Longevity noodles (长寿面 Chángshòu Miàn) unsurprisingly symbolize a wish for longevity. Their length and unsevered preparation are also symbolic of the eater’s life. They are longer than normal noodles and uncut, either fried and served on a plate, or boiled and served in a bowl with their broth. Good Fortune Fruit — Fullness and Wealth Certain fruits are eaten during the Chinese New Year period, such as tangerines and oranges, and pomeloes. They are selected as they are particularly round and “golden” in color, symbolizing fullness and wealth, but more obviously for the lucky sound they bring when spoken. Eating and displaying tangerines and oranges is believed to bring good luck and fortune due to their pronunciation, and even writing. The Chinese for orange (and tangerine) is 橙 (chéng), which sounds the same as the Chinese for ‘success’ (成). One of the ways of writing tangerine (桔 jú / jyoo/) contains the Chinese character for luck (吉 jí /jee/).

like Chinese silver ingots (which are not bars, but boat-shaped, oval, and turned up at the two ends). Legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the more money you can make in the New Year. Dumplings generally consist of minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables wrapped in a thin and elastic dough skin. Popular fillings are minced pork, diced shrimp, fish, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. They can be cooked by boiling, steaming, frying or baking.

In Chinese, glutinous rice cake (年糕 Niánggao) sounds like it means “’getting higher year-on- by year”’. In Chinese people’s minds, this means the higher you are the more prosperous your business is a general improvement in life. The main ingredients of niangao are sticky rice, sugar, chestnuts, Chinese dates, and lotus leaves.

dish of cylindrical-shaped rolls filled with vegetables, meat, or something sweet. Fillings are wrapped in thin dough wrappers, then fried, when the spring rolls are given their golden-yellow color. Glutinous Rice Cake — a Higher Income or Position

Eating pomeloes is thought to bring continuous prosperity. The more you eat, the more wealth it will bring, as the traditional saying goes. The Chinese for pomelo (柚 yòu) sounds like ‘to have’ (yu), except for the tone, and exactly like ‘again’ (又 yòu).


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Customs, Rituals, & Taboos Chinese people believe that, as the Spring Festival is the start of a new year, what you do then will affect your luck in the coming year. There are many things you should not do. Traditionally many taboos are associated with the New Year Festival, but in recent years some of them have been discarded, especially among the modern urban populations in larger cities and the younger generation. 15 Taboos for Lunar New Year First Day 1. Married women cannot go back to their own parent’s house It is believed that if a married woman who return to her own parents on the first day, she will cause her parents to become poor, that is why, they can only go back on the subsequent days instead. But you can always think in a positive way that the wife has to give a helping hand to his husband side to serve and entertain visitors during the first day. 2. Do not have congee, porridge, meat or medicine for breakfast In the past, only the poor family eat porridge in the morning, so you must eat dried rice instead to attract wealth for the year. The first day morning of the lunar year is known a “萬神 節” which is believed that all the gods are out for the New Year, that is why we must eat vegetarian to respect the elder. In additional, if you don’t have any serious illness, refrain from eating medicine or any tonics. 3. Refrain from waking people up by calling full name If you wake the person up in full name, it imply to ask the person to be always in a hurry to do things for the full year. 4. Do not pay new year visit to

people who are still sleeping Do not pay visit to people who are still in their dreams as it might indicate that the party that you called will be jinxed to be in the sick bed for a year. So just wait for them to wake up! 5. Do not consume medicine If you eat medicine in Day 1, you will be jinxed to eat medicine for the whole year and sickness cannot be cured. 6. Do not use knife or scissors It is believed that if you use these sharp objects, you will likely to have gossip and argument for the year. 7. Do not touch knit and needle It is believed that if you are pregnant and touch needle in day 1, your born baby will have eyes as small as a needle. 8. Do not use axe to chop wood Firewood in Chinese is 柴, same sound as 財 wealth, so if you chop the firewood, it means splitting your wealth into half and never come back. 9. Do not loan money to people If you lend money to people on the first day of lunar new year, it indicate that the wealth cannot be accumulate for the year.

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10. Do not break cutlery like plate, bowl, wine vase or etc. It is inauspicious to break home cutlery but if you accidentally broke it, just say 「碎碎(岁岁)平安」and throw it away after Day 5. Do not break cutlery like plate, bowl, wine vase or etc 11. Do not sleep during daytime If you sleep in the day time during the chinese new year period, it means that you will be very lazy and lethagic for the rest of the year. It also show a sense of disrespect because there will be a lot of visitors and you should be entertaining them instead. 12. Refrain from throwing away dirty water, rubbish and sweeping the floor.

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Lunar New Year of The Rooster Calendar of Events in Metro Atlanta Atlanta Tet Festival Date: January 22, 2017 Time: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Venue: Space Ballroom, 6100 Live Oak Parkway, Norcross GA 30093 Admission: $5.00 adult, children under 4 feet - free For more info: www.atlantatetfestival.com 2017 Tet Lunar New Year of Rooster Festival Organized by Vietnamese American Community of Georgia Date: Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 Time: 10:00 am-10:00 pm Venue: Space Ballroom, 6100 Live Oak Parkway, Norcross GA 30093 For more info: www.vac-ga.org 2017 Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival Lion & Dragon Dance; Authentic Festival Food; Arts & Cultural Exhibitions Date: Jan 28 & 29, 2017 Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Venue: Culture Center of Taipei Economic & Culture Office in Atlanta Admission: $5 adult, children under 3ft 6in - Free

Parking: Free shuttle available park @ Atlanta Interactive College of Technology 5303 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA For more info: www.facebook/ AtlantaChineseLunarNewYearFestival NACA Chinese New Year Gala Date: Saturday, Feb 4, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm Venue: Canton House For more info: www.naca-atlanta.org Chinese New Year Celebration Organized by Chinese Community Center Date: Friday, Feb 10, 2017 Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Venue: Westin Atlanta Perimeter North For more info: Fu Tai Lu 770.355.0409 Lunar New Year Spring Reception Organized by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York Date: Thursday, Feb 16, 2016 Time: 6:30 pm -8:30 pm Venue: The High Museum By invitation only.

Continue from Page 7 ... If you do the above actions during the new year, it is easy to sweep away your wealth too. Do not sweep the floor on new year 13. Do not take things out from your own pocket If you don this, it imply that your wealth will be taken from others for the year. 14. Do not chase after debtor during the new year (Chase it before it instead!) This will bring bad luck to you for the whole year.

Do not chase after debtor during the new year 15. Do not wash your clothes There is a water god and the birthday of the god is Day 1 and 2 so refrain from washing. After reading these taboos, you might find it untrue or to the extent of absolute absurd but it is always the same phase “To be safe than to be sorry�. It is still up to the individual to believe or not.


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A Brief Overview of the Vietnamese Ao Dai By Helen Nguyen

The phrase traditional dress or costume is often used interchangeably with the terms ethnic, culture, and regional representation. Explore the Far East of the world, one would associate the kimono with Japan, the cheongsam with China, and the hanbok with Korea. Travel further south to Vietnam and youíd catch the Vietnamese long fluttering tunic dress called ao dai, pronounce as (ow zai). The literal translation of ao dai to English is “long dress” or long gown, portraying a figure hugging, long sleeved dress with two lengthy front and back layers that run from a high Mandarin collar to the knees or lower to sweeping near the feet. A high split on both sides of the dress comes about a touch above the natural waist, revealing just a glimpse of bare flesh. Long, wide legged pants are worn inside the dress. The dress

comes in various colors and prints. Pants are made in black, white, or any other color that compliments the dress. In his novel Saigon, British writer Anthony Grey wrote: “She wore a high-collared primrose ao dai, tailored tightly around her slender wrists and waist, and her natural gracefulness was heightened by an air of self-possession.” The ao dai represents and personifies the idea of the traditional Vietnamese femininity - soft, mild, and perhaps a dash of sensuality and seduction. In the Vietnamese culture, the most recognizable and emblematic ao dai is the traditional white ao dai over white pants, a nationwide uniform for high school and college women. The dress is often associated with youth, beauty, grace and innocence. Countless poems, songs, and stories have been written about the iconic image of a young Vietnamese woman in her white ao dai, long black hair softly flutters in the wind, arms clutching school books, carefree and full of daydreams. Soldiers have written about her from the battlefield of the Vietnam War. Poets gush over her in words of love and desires. She is often a favorite subject of local and foreign photographers. She represents the idea of an untainted beauty and peace, forever frozen in an image of purity, elegance, and modesty. The ao dai is the pride of the Vietnamese people. While it is commonly used as a daily outfit for school girls, ao dai is also a staple wardrobe piece for female office workers in Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines flight attendants don colorful ao dai’s from pink to deep burgundy during on flight service. Ao dai is also a popular fashion choice for

Vietnamese women during special festivals and events. For example, Lunar New Year or weddings are wonderful times to dress up in ao dai. Vietnamese brides usually opt for a more sumptuous, vivid ao dai decorated with elaborate designs and eye-catching details. Most brides wear red ao dai’s, the color of blessings and good luck. It is typical for young girls and unmarried women to wear vibrant, spring colors, and married women to wear strong, dark colors to signify her status as the lady of the house. Similar to the western pageants, many Vietnamese communities host annual ao dai pageants, with young ladies gracing the stage in their best ao dai’s. Even though some of the younger Vietnamese generations outside of Vietnam may not know much about the homeland, the ao dai maintains a strong presence in their cultural identity, thanks to the tradition of wearing ao dai’s for notable occasions such as marriage, funeral, or even Sunday church service. According to history, the ao dai was first introduced in the eighteen century by Lord Nguyen Phuc Khat. At the time, courtiers were given long gowns to wear over trousers, by orders of the Lord. The design was a merge between the Chinese traditional gown, and the costume of the native people of Vietnam called the Cham. Lord Nguyen’s enforcement of ao dai was a nod to the local Cham people, in hope of winning their favors for

political advantage. Furthermore, the introduction of the ao dai by Lord Nguyen was a tactic to be separated from the northern Ly Dynasty, to establish a new identity and a new nation, one that dresses very differently from its Northern counterpart. At the beginning, the ao dai was loose fitting and simple in design. Over time, through the French colonization and their influence in fashion, the dress gradually became more form fitting, highlighting the women’s curves and sultriness. Vietnamese fashion designer Cat Tuong, known to the French as Monsieur Le Mur, pioneered the form fitting ao dai to better compliments the women’s natural body shape. The dress is a mystery of flirtatious and conservative, revealing everything and yet nothing at the same time. In the late 1950s, Madame Nhu, wife of Chief Political Adviser to Former Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, reinvented the ao dai and raised a few eyebrows when she wore a boat neck version of the dress, removing the Mandarin high collar for a much more open Western cut. Today, this style of dress is still known as the Madame Nhu Ao Dai. While ao dai is easily accessible and affordable in today’s society, it was not always the case. With the significant gap between the upper and lower class, wearing ao dai was a validation of social status. Unlike lords and wealthy merchants, peasants were unable to afford fabrics for ao dai. Above that, many


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peasants worked at rice fields in dirt and mud, wearing white pants for ao dai would seem absurd. Instead, a shorter version of ao dai called ao ba ba, usually in dark brown or black, was often worn by the lower class. Today, ao ba ba is still a common style choice for Vietnamese farmers. Modern designers have evolved the ao dai over the decades. Some designers dedicate their whole career to ao dai. Many have merged the East and West fashion sense, giving the traditional ao dai different looks such as a wider neck, shorter sleeves, or slimmer pants. In 2013, Vietnamese designer Hoang Hai introduced a collection of traditional and contemporary ao dai to the catwalk of Florence, Italy. During his interview, Hai said: ”It’s a great opportunity to introduce ao dai ñ and Vietnamese culture ñ to the world. I hope that Vietnamese fashion can integrate into the world fashion scene and fashion lovers worldwide will associate Vietnam with the ao dai.” The ao dai have caught the eyes of major Western designers and filmmakers. Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan, and Prada all have introduced collections with influence from the ao dai. The ao dai was featured in an arrangement of Vietnam-themed films, ranging from 1987’s Good Morning, Vietnam, 1992’s Indochine, 1993’s The Scent of Green Papaya, 1999’s Three Seasons, and 2007’s The White Silk Dress. Because of its design, every ao dai is custom made, tailored to fit its wearer from neck to feet. When getting measured for ao dai, women are encouraged to wear the exact undergarments and shoes that will go along with their ao dai, to ensure a perfect

custom cut. Because most ao dai’s are made with light, synthetic fabrics, they are very soft and comfortable to wear, despite the long length. Without a doubt, ao dai for women is enormously popular. Ao dai for men, however, seem to have been neglected since its creation. Not much have changed in design since Lord Nguyen’s time. During ceremonies, elder Vietnamese men still wear ao dai’s. The younger generations of Vietnamese men seem to have completely sided to western wear. Ao dai for men has become an item of purely nostalgic value. In 2006, after an intense discussion during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summits in Hanoi, 21 world leaders, including the then US President George W. Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, Chinese President Hu Jintao, and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, were given ao dai’s for a final group photo. What an ice breaker it was for the usually solemn group to play dress up in the Vietnamese prized attire. The tradition, started by U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1993 when he handed out leather bomber jackets similar to those worn by American fighter pilots, was to make the leaders feel at ease after the meeting. The Vietnamese ao dai is a reflection of the Vietnamese people. It derived from an idea of establishing identity and independence. It began as a blend of different cultures in a country that has been invaded and influenced by so many other countries, thus it adopted the best of what’s been given and created something original, something iconic, something uniquely Vietnamese.

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Horoscope Predictions for the Year of Rooster

Rooster (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005)

In Chinese horoscopes, the sign of a Rooster meeting another Rooster is a jinx. It means that people born in the year of Rooster won’t have good luck during any Rooster years. If you are expecting a promotion, you may have a competitor. If you are working on a big project, then you will work closely with your coworkers. Rooster pursues perfection. If things go wrong, you won’t complain about someone’s mistakes, but will blame yourself. Your money luck is good. But it requires a lot of energy and a hardworking spirit. All risky investments won’t be good to you. There is no strong love relationship sign. If you are looking for your love, then you will see strong competition.

Dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006) Rooster can bring Dog satisfaction, wealth, and happiness. If you are already busy in your current position, then don’t volunteer to take on more responsibilities. If you are a company owner, then this is not a good time to expand your business. If you have a chance to receive a promotion or a new job offer, then you should skip the opportunity. You cannot deliver perfect results in the near future. If you are looking for your love, then you must not be too aggressive when approaching new friends. If you are in love, then you need some patience to build a deeper relationship. If you are married, then your love relationship is stable. You can focus on your career development or money investment.

Pig (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007) Though you are expecting a good possible career achievement, you might be over-confident with your career performance. You may feel like you have ability to earn more money. If you can show your enthusiasm and passion at work, then you will bring extra income home. You need to give more of your time to care for and love the person you like. If are looking for love, you can attend more social events on sunny days. If you are male, then you will have better chances to meet women during April, May, and June. Your have many potential opportunities. But you have to be patient. Don’t rush for your own benefit without thinking of people’s interests. Watch your behaviors and reputation before taking actions.

Rat (1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) Rat and Rooster can build a mutually beneficial relationship. Your career luck is good. All companies would like to hire a worker like you. You can focus on your current job for a while. If you’re looking for a job, then somebody will appear to guide you to get employment. But you should first earn more skills and knowledge that are job related. You don’t have a strong money sign now. Therefore, don’t loan any money to friends or relatives. Your social relationships are good. But there is a lonely sign. Since Rooster brings you a comfortable life, you might become sloppy, lazy, addicted to bad habits, and stay home too long. To bring in good fortune, we must build good social relationships by attending activities outside.

Ox (1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) Both Ox and Rooster are farm animals. They can get along well and share the same territory. Ox and Rooster can trust each other. Their friendship makes them perfect business partners. In career, being around the right people will bring you a good reputation. Everything will come as expected. As long as you can keep up your diligent and hardworking attitude, you will receive the rewards in the end. Your love relationship is excellent. If you are single, then a good match will appear. Both of you will attract each other. The money luck is excellent. But these aren’t windfall opportunities, as they all require your energy and time.

Tiger (1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) Tiger can reach its goals in career, money, and fame because of Rooster. Tiger and Rooster together can create opportunities and interests. They are good business partners. Your career luck is good. A career opportunity coming toward you. But you will encounter a little challenge and you will need to take some time to overcome it. Improving your communication skills will help you with your career development. The money luck looks good.

Rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

Your career opportunity will appear, but it is full of pressure. Therefore, you have to carefully measure your ability, energy, and time before taking any job opportunity coming to you. If a company offers you a new position, then you should pass this opportunity. To keep the current position is a better decision. Your money luck is good, but not from windfall. If you are looking for love, then you can ask help from Dog, Rat, Cow, or Snake. Rooster is the husband or boyfriend star to Rabbit. If you are a woman, you will have good chance to meet the opposite sex. If your job brings you too much pressure, then your health will falter.

Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) Dragon can provide protection, knowledge, wisdom, care, and safety to Rooster. Rooster can prepare a stage for Dragon to show its intelligence, power, and talent. Rooster can teach Dragon how to attract people in public and how to create wealth. Together, they can become good business partners. In general, your career luck is good. You will finish your project on schedule. Dedicated effort to your career will bear fruit sooner or later. Your money luck is good. But your luck relies on your ideas, creativity, discovery, and energy. You should earn money using your good people relationship. A cooperative relationship can bring you a good result and joyful times.

Snake (1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013) Rooster returns feelings of love, romance, luxury, wealth, and joyful times to Snake. The Metal of the Rooster represents money, jewelry, or property to Snake. This means Rooster will bring you good opportunity for money. If a job or promotion opportunity is comes to you, then you have to consider how much energy and enthusiasm you have for the new position. If you are excited for the new position and your spirit is ready, then you can take the position. Otherwise, you can still wait for the next opportunity. If you are single, then this is a good time to find your match. If you are a man, then you will have an increased chance to meet women. Rooster will bring you good fortune in your fame, money, and career.

Horse (1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014) Rooster brings money opportunity to Horse, and Horse brings the career opportunity to Rooster. Your career luck is pretty good. As long as you continue to be passionate about your career and continuously set higher goals for yourself and achieve them, success will wait for you. If you are looking for love, then you will find your love, but only if you put effort into it. You will have great time by simply attending more social events. Your fame, wealth, and career will come together. But remember the phrase: “Sow much, reap much. Sow little, reap little.” Keep working hard!

Sheep (1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015) As long as you continue to be passionate about your career and continue to set higher career goals, success will come after. Your career luck will bring you good income. The career luck is good. If you have a promotion opportunity or if a company offers you a new position, you can accept the challenge and take the new position. Your money luck is good. If you are looking for love, you will have the opportunity to find someone. It’s important that you don’t put too much pressure on a potential partner. If you are in love, it’s suitable to keep and maintain the current relationship. Your versatile talents will help you bring good fortune in fame, wealth, and career. However, there is no reaping without sowing.

Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) Monkey is smart, nimble, curious, wily, naughty, and an irritating animal. Monkey will push Rooster to quickly deliver sweet fruit. The career luck is good. There is a possibility coming to you that has an increase of power in your job position. If you have a promotion or a company offers you a new position, then you can accept the challenge and take the position. With diligence, you will have good money luck in the near future. Your health should be fine. You will often have joyful times.

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