2017: Year of the Rooster

The Chinese zodiac system consists of 12 signs named after animals. And each of these animals is assigned to a specific year in every 12-year cycle. (See the image below)

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According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the year of the Rooster. It is also believed that if the current year has the same zodiac as your birth year, the year will bring bad luck for you. That means if you were born in 2005, 1993, 1981 ( i.e. any multiple of 12 years ago), this year will be a bad one for you.

Of course, this is just a widely held belief. But those who don’t believe in astrology should see this as something positive. The Rooster isn’t just a zodiac sign. It is a symbol of wakefulness. Since times immemorial, people have been waking up to the call of a rooster. And since 2017 is the year of the Rooster, it is a wake-up call to the people of the world.

2016 was a weird year. Trump was elected POTUS, Britain left the Europian Union, 2 stolen Van Gogh paintings were recovered, Bob Dylan was honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature, North Korea broke multiple UN treaties by launching a long-range rocket and this list goes on. These happenings are not all necessarily bad, but just weird to face all in one year.

2017 is a relatively changed world. The world’s most powerful democracy has an uninhibited leader. This will affect the world at large where the political climate is concerned. North Korea is emerging as a new trouble-maker on the global landscape. But the fact that previously weaker nations are progressing towards becoming stronger and more successful democracies, is a ┬átestament that things are not going to get that bad. 2017 might even be the golden year that we finally see the world becoming a better place. So don’t lose hope in the world. Keep up your faith and keep up the good work – a bad year isn’t a setback, it’s just an extra step on the glorious path to a better future.

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