2005 – Year of the Rooster

The Chinese do not place too much importance on the Rooster as they do on a number of the other zodiac animals.

It is nevertheless said that the Rooster can get into a human being in order to impose good or evil things on mankind.

The Rooster is also a symbol that is found in formal gardens; censored fights were held and enjoyed as early as 500 years ago.

As the 10th animal in the Eastern Zodiac, the Rooster indicates the hours between 5 pm and 7 pm. It is the counterpart of the Hare.

Actually, the lunar calendar begins on February 9, 2005 so anybody born till then is rightfully still born in the year of the monkey. For practical reasons, however, most people use the calendar year to decide under which zodiac sign they were born.

Best wishes for a great Year of the Rooster to all readers!

The netsuke chosen to represent 2005 is a rooster in stained
boxwood, inlaid eyes, early nineteenth century, unsigned,
property of Robert S. Huthart, Hong Kong

Both Uschi and Willi wish you a wonderful spring and summer season with lots of fun, happiness, good health and some great relaxation or a vacation with friends and/or family. For our 2005 Newsletter, it should be ready around mid December 2005.

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