The Rooster (simplified Chinese: 鸡; traditional Chinese: 雞/鷄) is one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac (and similar zodiacal systems) related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rooster is represented by the Earthly Branch character 酉. The name is also translated into English as Cock or Chicken. Rooster is the only bird included in the Chinese zodiac. However, the Chinese term is more generic, as it applies to barnyard fowl of either sex.
In the Tibetan zodiac and the Nepalese Gurung zodiac, the more generic “bird” is in place instead of the Rooster, but the image of the Rooster is often used to represent it.
Start date End date Heavenly branch 26 January 1933 13 February 1934 Water Rooster 13 February 1945 1 February 1946 Wood Rooster 31 January 1957 17 February 1958 Fire Rooster 17 February 1969 5 February 1970 Earth Rooster 5 February 1981 24 January 1982 Metal Rooster 23 January 1993 9 February 1994 Water Rooster 9 February 2005 28 January 2006 Wood Rooster 28 January 2017 15 February 2018 Fire Rooster 13 February 2029 2 February 2030 Earth Rooster 1 February 2041 21 January 2042 Metal Rooster People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the “Year of the Rooster”, while also bearing the following elemental signs: