CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Kung Hei Fat Choi!

The rooster crows hope

On the front page of this issue of the Sunday Examiner, Christian artist, Susan Chan Siu-chu, has painted a rooster crowing in the Lunar New Year. A new beginning has come.

In traditional agricultural society, the crow of the rooster at the crack of dawn awakens the farmer, signalling the beginning of a new day of work and a new day of hope.

As a Christian, Chan believes we should all, like the rooster, be aware and excited at a ray of sunlight and not let our hearts be burdened with darkness. The rooster is a herald of hope.

To all readers of the Sunday Examiner, may the Year of the Rooster be a year of blessing and realised hope! 

The sign of the rooster

HONG KONG (SE): Born in the Year of the Rooster? Your zodiac characterises you as honest, energetic, intelligent, flexible and confident. But this is the Year of the Fire Rooster, which is not a lucky one for our rooster friends.

Generally, Chinese astrology describes rooster people as hardworking, resourceful, confident and talented and, in addition, their active, talkative and engaging ways make them popular.

They like company and enjoying the spotlight. But they do have shortcomings and are seen as vain and arrogant.

Getting married? Choose an ox or a snake.

Famous people born in the Year of the Rooster include Rudyard Kipling, Benjamin Franklin, Prince Philip, Nancy Reagan, Joan Collins, Dolly Parton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Britney Spears, Elton John, Anna Kournikova, Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett, Catherine the Great, Amelia Earhart, Groucho Marx, Peter Ustinov, Mencius, Liu Che (Emperor Wu of Western Han Dynasty 202BC to 9AD), Li Longji (Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty 618 to 907), and Zhuge Liang (premier of Shu in the Three Kingdoms Period 220 to 280).

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