Monday, January 23, 2017

Chinese New Year 2017: The Year of the Fire Rooster

From Grimm's Fairy Tales
Arthur Rackham, 1909
On January 28 the Chinese New Year begins and 2017 is The Year of the Rooster. In Chinese element theory, each zodiac year is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that a Fire Rooster, for example, comes once every 60-year cycle. This is the year of the Fire Rooster.

  • People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented.
  • Roosters are very confident in themselves.
  • Roosters are always active, amusing, and popular within a crowd.
  • Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering.
  • Roosters are healthy and enjoy sports
  • People born in a year of the Rooster are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports, such as hiking and swimming.

Below are some tales to add to the celebration.

The Brave Rooster - Latvia

The Cat and the Rooster – Ukraine

The Fighting Roosters and the Eagle – Aesop

The Frankfurt Rooster - Germany

Half Rooster – Albania

The Impudent Rooster - Romanian

The Polecat and the Rooster - Khmer

Reynard and Chanticleer - Norway

The Rooster - Ethiopia

The Rooster and the Pearl – Aesop

The Rooster’s Lament – China

Storie of Cinderlaras - Indonesia

The Tale of the Golden Cockerel - Russia

The Weathercock on St. Stephen’s Cathedral - Austria


Activity Village – Crafts, templates, coloring pages, puzzles, and worksheets.


– Rooster themed activities, crafts and more for preschoolers.

National Agriculture Literacy Curriculum Matrix
– From Chicken Little to Chicken Big for grades 3 – 5.

Read Write Think
– Chinese New Year: Multiple lesson plans for grades 6 -12 including additional web links to resources on the celebration.


Activity Village – A variety of games to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

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Karen Chace 2017 ©

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