2017 is the Year of the Fire Rooster, which means the year will be full of enthusiasm, passion, joy and creativity. The year of the fire rooster will also be “a year of opportunities”. Those born in 2017 are Fire Roosters and for anyone born after the Chinese New Year in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005.
Each year, the Chinese calendar assigns an animal from a rotating zodiac of 12 animals. The 12 animals rotate through rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 2016 was the Year of the Monkey.
The Chinese New Year is celebrated across East Asia and falls on the first new moon between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 each year. To celebrate, families enjoy traditional meals and other festive activities. One of the most important traditions is to clean and organize their houses to ensure positive energy and be ready for the New Year.
Here are some Feng Shui tips to organize your home or office.
In your Entrance –
Luck will enter your home through the door, keep the entrance clean and attractive. Decorate it and place a new door mat to this area.
In the North –
The metal element should be dominant in this area. The colors white and grey will work well here. Hang a wind chime in this area for good luck and fortune in your career. Earth elements can also be used here.
In the Living Room –
Stand at the entrance to the living room and start with the first thing that is seen. Clean it and decorate it, and make sure it always remains tidy. The first thing seen in the living room should be inspiring and not messy.
If you’re not willing to bring Feng Shui into your home during the Chinese New Year, that’s okay! Just keep these other opportunities in mind through the year:
- Lucky numbers are 5, 7 and 8. Unlucky numbers are 1, 3 and 9.
- Beige, cream and terracotta are the colors of the year.
- The Year of the Fire Rooster is believed to be good for business.
- South is the direction of the year.
- Natural Energy: Yin
- Natural Element: Metal