Friday 12th February marks the end of the Year of the Rat!

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor called a great meeting for all the animals to attend & the zodiac would be decided on the order in which they arrived; during the race the rat asked the oxen for a lift and jumped on his back. At the last moment, the rat jumped off and ran ahead (rude!) – and, to cut a long story short, he was first to arrive.

2021 brings us the year of the Ox, determined and dependable. In Chinese culture the Oxen is held in high regard, they are calm, patient, and reliable – and I really hope that reflects this year.
I’m sure many of you will agree that the shrewd rat has done enough damage, and we need some of the Ox’s confidence, work ethic and grit in the New Year.

According to the Chinese Zodiac I was born in the year of the horse. And the advice I have been given for 2021 is to: “Never forget to forgive yourself and always remember to love yourself!” (– advice I’m sure Ru Paul Charles would be proud of).

I believe this is good advice for everyone this year. Don’t be hard on yourself; circumstances, isolation, changes in routine have affected us all. Be proud of powering through and whilst this year’s celebrations might not be the most grandiose, there are things we can do to stay safe and see in the New Year!

Here is how we will be celebrating and saying a firm goodbye to the year of the Rat.

  1. Catch up with family and friends – although there is no replacement for a hug, we are all adept at Zoom now. Get everyone together for a catch up and make time for the ones you miss!
  2. Brighten up with some colour – buy yourself some fresh flowers, and remember red is the colour of luck and fortune for the new year.
  3. Share the wealth with loved ones – who doesn’t love a gift, and even if you’re strapped for cash, wealth doesn’t always mean money. Make a gift – share your talent and love!
  4. Clear out the clutter and splurge on new threads – just because!
  5. Chow down on festive treats – eat fish for prosperity, dumplings/spring rolls for wealth, fruit for good fortune, noodles for longevity. Go ahead and treat yourself, this year you deserve it!

The year of the Ox brings with it success, prosperity, and wellness. Stay safe, stay positive and get ready to embrace the opportunities to come.