Happy Lunar New Year 4703!

As the cock crows at sunrise,
may the Year of the Rooster
bring you much sunshine,
joy, harmony, & peace!

The Chinese Lunar New Year 4703 begins on February 9, 2005 when the first New Moon after the Full Moon greets the Year of the Rooster. The cock is a solar bird and attribute of sun gods. The rooster is the 10th animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, and corresponds to the element metal, the color white, and the direction west. As ghosts disappear at sunrise, the cock is supposed to drive them away by his crowing. The rooster is associated with the yang principle, benevolence, faithfulness, and valor. With a crown on its head it portrays the literary spirit; with spurs it is a warlike character. The rooster symbolizes courage, reliability, vigilance, and the dawn. Rooster-year people are aggressive, dauntless, industrious, and straightforward. They are artistic, ambitious, hard-working, and resilient, making them good actors, musicians, philosophers, scientists, and writers. Musicians born in the Rooster Year: Enrico Caruso & Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873), Otto Klemperer (1885), Gene Krupa (1909), Elton John & Eric Clapton (1945); Explorers: Fridtjof Nansen (1861); Film Stars: Erich von Stroheim (1885), Errol Flynn (1909), Deborah Kerr, Yves Montand, & Peter Ustinov (1921); Philosophers: Alfred North Whitehead & Rudolf Steiner (1861), G. E. Moore (1873), Simone Weil (1909); Scientists: Alexis Carrel, Lee De Forest (1873), Neils Bohr, Harlow Shapley (1885), Irène Joliot-Curie, William Reich (1897), Edwin Land (1909); Writers: August Strindberg (1849), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), Willa Cather, Walter de la Mare (1873), William Faulkner (1897), Alex Haley (1921).

Chinese Lunar New Year Web Links:
Chines Lunar New Year 2005 (NYC)
Chinese New Year (Los Angeles Library)
Chinese New Year (BBC)
Chinese New Year (InfoPlease)
The Chinese Calendar
Chinese New Year Cards
Lunar New Year Stamps

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