New Year greetings for ‘Year of the Rooster’

Year of the Rooster

This year, our alumni groups across the world and King’s student societies based in London have celebrated the Chinese New Year in striking style. Take a look at some of the New Year greetings to the King’s alumni community.

We have now entered the ‘Year of the Rooster’, which according to Chinese astrology could see tension, passion and heat in global politics, says Professor Kerry Brown of King’s Lau China Institute. The Chinese zodiac covers a 12-year cycle, with each year associated with a specific animal that symbolises qualities that, it is believed, will be common during the year.

People born in the year of the rooster are said to be observant, hardworking, resourceful and courageous, talented, confident, sociable, loyal and true. Both President Donald Trump and King’s alumnus and Labour MP Tulip Siddiq are ‘roosters’. However, that is, possibly, where any similarities end.

Will global politics heat up during 2017?

The 2017 rooster is also linked to fire, so the year is also known as a ‘Red Fire Chicken’ one. Professor Brown explains this could mean that in politics, ‘2017 is likely to be a year of tension, passion and (unsurprisingly) it could get heated.’

Explains Professor Brown, ‘There are certainly plenty of points across the globe where unexpected things can happen – the UK is contemplating Brexit, the US is managing a Trump presidency, France and Germany are holding major elections, China will hold a major Party Congress with new leadership appointments late in the year, whilst the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region will elect a new Chief Executive in the middle of the year.’

Chinese horoscope says keep calm and carry on

However, Professor Brown advises a cautious approach: ‘The Chinese horoscope counsels the need for calm and caution. For those in the midst of activity, simply going slowly ahead and implementing is wise. For those looking at taking a wholly new path, this could be a challenging year to do it in.’

Professor Brown also notes the increasing interest in Chinese culture, ‘and how much the rest of the world wishes to engage with it’ – something that King’s and the Lau China Institute fully support.

Start the year with King’s Asia-Pacific Tour: book a place

If you are based in south-east Asia, why not reserve a place on our Asia-Pacific tour (20-27 March)?

We’re visiting Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and China. We will be delighted to see you there.