"This year is special, full of expectation," said Zhao Li, director of the China Culture Centre in Sydney.
She said the rooster is proud and confident, hardworking and punctual. "Fire by its very nature is the element associated with brilliance, warmth, passion, spark," she said. "So a brilliant and enthusiastic rooster, combined with the salient characteristics of fire, heralds an enterprising and fruitful year, a year of results, achievements. This year we can fulfil all of our dreams."
New year is a time of traditions, superstitions and taboos; the Chinese believe what happens at new year influences your fortunes in the year ahead.