2017: The Year Of The Fire Rooster

In the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the year of the fire rooster—burn, baby, burn!

by Cory Hershberger
PHOTO: Albertoabouganem/Flickr

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the Chinese calendar year of 2017 — which is Jan. 28, 2017 through Feb. 15, 2018 in the Gregorian calendar — will call the fire rooster their zodiac animal.

Fire Rooster Characteristics

Fire roosters are said to be trustworthy, competitive and enterprising, and to have a strong sense of time, meaning that they’re prone to uneasiness and temper flare-ups if they can’t finish a task on time. Additionally, they’re natural-born leaders who are proactive, smart and confident, but who are also impatient and strong-willed. They differ from their fellow roosters mainly by their heightened value of personal loyalty and responsibility.

There are 12 total signs in the Chinese zodiac and five elements, leading to 60 different combinations; the signs cycle in order and the elements lend themselves to two sequential years before cycling, meaning the last Year of the Rooster was in 2005, and the last Year of the Fire Rooster was 1957.

Were you born in a year of the rooster, too? Do you think the rooster characteristics match your personality? Sound off in the comments!

This article appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Chickens.

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