Cock-a-doodle-doo! Or kukuruyuk as Indonesians would say it. Year of the Rooster is coming! Chinese New Year falls on 28th of January 2017 and this is a year of a Rooster, which is tenth in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle.
Hari Raya Imlek, as they call it in Indonesia, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese lunisolar calendar, so the date of a New Year is different every time. It is time for biggest celebrations and family gatherings in China, but it is also celebrated all over Asia and the world.
If you happen to be In Bali the best way to be part of celebrations is to head to some of the Buddhist temples. In Kuta, there is a Chinese temple Vihara Dharmayana. There you will get to see Barongsai dance, prayers, Dragon dance and fireworks; an absolute must see!
If you are going to the old town of Singaraja in the north of the island, you will find a magnificent Chinese temple Ling Gwan Kiong. Among the local people, this place is known as Klenteng. There is also Buddhist monastery Brahma Vihara in Tegehe Village, 22 kilometers from Singaraja and 11 kilometers from tourist spot Lovina. The temple scenery is wonderful, perched on a slope of a hill and overlooking a sea with the lush green hill as a background.
If you want to be prepared for this Rooster Year bare in mind that, since many Chinese believe in astrology, lucky numbers are 5, 7, and 8. Lucky colors are gold, brown and yellow and lucky flowers gladiola and cockscomb. People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. Hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented and also very confident about themselves.
Roosters are always active, amusing and popular among the crowd. They are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.
Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm at any occasion. People born in a year of the Rooster are typically healthy people, it is believed. But they should avoid red color and numbers 1, 3, and 9. Best wait to find if you are a Rooster is to count backwards and deduct 12 years, so before 2017 it was 2005, then 1993, 1981, 1969… And if you just want to have fun and the good time with your family know that one of the traditions is to eat dumplings as it brings luck!■