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Zodiac paves way into the new year

Date Posted: 2005-01-06

This is the Year of the Cock.

Under the rules of the zodiac, Chinese astrology sets the twelve signs which determine all astrological predictions in Asia. The 12 are never mixed or changed. Last year was the monkey, and next year is the dog. The year 2007 will be year of the wild boar.

The 12 zodiac signs are mouse, cattle, tiger, rabbit, seahorse, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, cock, dog and wild boar. Asian people attribute fate, good luck and the future to the charms of the animals.

Only days into the new year, pet shop sales of parakeets and parrots are up significantly. The popularity is attributed to the astrological sign, and the benefits many thing will be received by having a bird in house. Parakeets are a companion bird, known for being clever, as well as for signing, talking and understanding a master’s words.

Specialty shops are also featuring parrots in Urasoe City. Both types birds have been collected from around the world, with the favorite being the Australian parakeet. Friendly, the parakeet likes to follow people around the room, and even is known to snuggle up to its master. One bird fancier visiting the pet store said “oh my, these are like my family members. These birds will give me some healing time.”

The proverb for this Year of the Cock is that those affected will move up in the world. It’s supposed to be a very lucky year for those born under the sign of the Cock.

Urasoe shop owner Hideyuki Motonaga says “It’s so easy and fun to have a bird. We’ll visit senior citizens’ homes and show the birds.” An elderly woman said “this bird day makes me happy to see. I like to watch them talking to each other.”

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