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28 January 2017

恭喜發財 Good Luck Greetings for the Year of the Chicken


Lunar Year of the Rooster starts today. Celebration is very traditional, superstitious, almost. And, being the Year of the Rooster is traditional (read: sexist) in itself, as the Chinese tale of the race of heavenly animals to create the zodiac called this one which came in after the monkey and before the dog as a "chicken," 雞 -- not rooster versus hen. 

So, why a dog and not a cur?  It is true that many sources say a "ram" finished the race before the monkey, but nowadays, we don't seem offended by Year of the Sheep, instead of Ram.  So, why not "Year of the Chicken?"  It's not like we're emasculating the Rooster and calling it "Year of the Hen."

Chickens, I guess, have had image problems.   There is a dimsum dish which is essentially chicken feet stewed in a savoury sauce.  The name of this dish, made in different ways at different establishments, is called "Phoenix Claws."  The claws are usually not even in the dish!  Maybe it should be called "Phoenix Knuckles," which I would imagine still sounds more exotic than chicken feet.

However, I say, be brave and give chickens a chance.  So, you saw it first here.

Best Wishes for a Most Prosperous Year of the Chicken!

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