Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the Year of the Rooster
The Chinese calendar assigns each year an animal and an element, and 2017 has been marked as the Year of the Fire Rooster.
The new year will be more settled than 2016 provided that world leaders keep their cool, Ancient Chinese philosophy and medicine expert Nicholas Haines has predicted.
“Last year was the year of the Fire Monkey, which led to lots of surprises. 2017 should be a bit more down to earth and perhaps a little more predictable,” he told Express.co.uk.
“The Fire Rooster is practical and loves to plan, so we’re going to see a more calculated approach to things, as long as the people in power keep their hot and fiery emotions in check.
“If they do that, we’ll get peaceful resolutions and soothing of conflicts, and if they don’t there’s a possibility of wars and increased terrorist attacks. It’s all about keeping cool, calm and calculated.”
The last Year of the Rooster fell in 2005, the year that North Korea declared itself a nuclear power, Hurricane Katrina devastated the US and 52 people were killed in the London 7/7 bombings.
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Those who believe in the zodiac also say that the new year brings new opportunities on a personal level.
Mr Haines explained: “The Fire Rooster year can be a wonderful year when you solve inner conflicts and complex problems in your life.
“But watch out. If there is something you’ve been ignoring for a while, then the Fire Rooster year might give you a wake-up call.
“The best way to handle all of this is to make a plan and take a calculated step-by-step approach, and make sure you keep your emotions cool and calm. If you do that, it’s going to be a great year.”
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People born in this year are typically said to be hardworking and observant, with famous Roosters including Beyoncé, Bob Marley and Britney Spears.
But unfortunately for older Roosters, the year of your own zodiac animal is said to bring bad luck.
Nicholas Haines is the creator of The Vitality Test, as well as an entrepreneur and an international speaker, author, strategist and teacher in Chinese energetics.