Rooster, the tenth of the twelve Animal Years, is the only domestic fowl in the Chinese zodiac. In agricultural societies, the rooster has the important task of announcing the dawn. A story from the Eastern Jin Dynasty tells about Zu Ti and Liu Kun, two good friends who often exhorted each other to rise at cockcrow to practice their sword dancing. The phrase “Getting up to dance at cockcrow” later came to describe people of high ideals who do not delay in striving for self-improvement. The saying “A crane among chickens” describes people who stand out in the crowd due to their exceptional talent or appearance.

In the past, when a letter had to be delivered at top speed, it was customary to attach up to three chicken feathers to the envelope. The more feathers were attached, the more important the message. As a result, urgent missives came to be known as “chicken feather letters.”


People born in the Year of the Rooster enjoy dressing up, especially in unusual styles, and have a unique sense of color. They are excellent debaters, and are extremely persuasive. They say what they think without holding anything back, and are very good at communicating. People born in the Year of the Rooster are highly disciplined and responsible, and dislike slackers. Rooster corresponds to Taurus in the Western zodiac.

People born in the Year of the Rooster are rather anxious by nature. The moment they are dissatisfied about something, they blurt it out, often disregarding the impact on others. This lack of discretion is their greatest social failing. They also need to guard against a tendency to be conceited.

People whose birthdays fall during the following periods are born in the Year of the Rooster:


The first date indicates Lunar New Year’s Day. The second date indicates the last day of the lunar year.

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