Despite my initial disappointment at finding out that, according to Chinese philosophy, I am a Rabbit, my year has now come around and I am determined to make the most of it. The western year of 2011 has had a very bad start for my family and myself, so perhaps embracing the East will bring better luck.
According to the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, people born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract. They would make good gamblers for they have the uncanny gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise. They are most compatible with those born in the years of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog...............I'm not at all sure that I go along with all of that, but am happy to cherry pick the best parts for my own internal CV!
To be really honest, I’m not a believer in these things, eastern or western, but it does no harm to keep an open mind. Just in case!
Although Chinese New Year falls on the 3rd February this year, the celebrations in London will take place on Sunday the 6th. The main event happens in Trafalgar Square but check out Chinatown in the area around Gerrard St, for a more intimate experience.
It just remains to say Kung Hey Fat Choi to all and especially to my fellow Rabbits. Lettuce and carrot juice all round…………No one can say that Rabbits don’t know how to party!