I have no idea whether the portents are good for me, but the Year of the Fire Rooster (cooked chicken?) is upon us. It should be a good year for KFC no matter how things work out for the rest of us.
New Years celebrations in Asia are different than they are in the West because they are also the rough comparative of the "day of the dead" as practiced in other parts of the world.
The Year of the Fire Monkey (2016) was a good year for me and I don't know if it had anything to do with a fire monkey or not. I'm not all that superstitious.
Never the less, I wish all of you who need an excuse to celebrate a profound celebration as the year changes to that of the Fire Rooster!
I asked a Buddhist friend what characteristics one might expect from one who was born in the Year of the Fire Bird. The Fire Bird/Rooster year is the most volatile of all Chicken signs (Fire, Water, Earth, Wood, and Metal) He consulted a tome and summarized that they will tend to be smug, narcissistic, ego-driven jerks. It will be a good year for journalists and politicians-to-be. A great year for actors bound for Hollywood.
Next year, 2018, is the Year of the Earth Dog. Likely a less tempestuous year from a Chinese astrological perspective. Donald Trump was born in the year of the Fire Dog, for those of you who are keeping track. People born in the Dog year are typically prudent, loyal, kind, honest, cautious and play well with others.
Lunar new years come in sixty-year cycles. We won't see the return of the fire bird year for some time to come. Is that a reason to celebrate? Only if the sun is over the yard arm...
When you're finished celebrating the Year of the Fire Rooster, you can begin your countdown to Carnival, which is not unlike celebrating the new year or anything else, except that it's done wearing less clothing.
You don't have to wait sixty years until the next Carnival because people that did that wouldn't look good enough to parade around (nearly) naked, wearing feathers and silk. The reason that I mention it here is that many of the Carnival folks wear feathers, which is an appropriate tribute to the year of the Fire Rooster, I guess.
Except that they wore the same feathers during the Carnival celebration celebrated in the Year of the Monkey. Maybe it was a dress rehearsal for the Chicken Year? I think that I need to buy an airplane ticket and fly to Carnival so that I can ask that probative question.