A new Lunar Year has started on the 25th January and celebrations will go on until the 8th of February- it’s the (Metal) Rat Year bringing stability and longevity.
This means that besides having the beginning of the new year of 2020, it’s also the beginning of a new decade and even more exciting, it’s the beginning of a new cycle of the 12-year zodiac signs!
The beginning of this new cycle is believed to bring a new wave of new opportunities and chances for each person to make responsible choices that can turn unfortunate or less favourable situations into productive and pleasant factors.
With renewed strength and determination, let’s grab this ship’s wheel and steer it safely into new beginnings with better endings!
The two of us have loved Asian culture even before we could read. The main culprit was a Chinese martial arts series back in the 80’s, with equal amounts of kung fu and cheesy drama and pretty clothes. Oh, those pretty, pretty clothes…
When the golden gates of the internet years opened, we indulged in countless hours of feverish research but it was at a local Chinese restaurant that we first heard our cheerful waitress say “Gongxi Facai!” as she handed us a complimentary calendar. “May you be happy and prosperous!” it was the meaning of those lovely words and we asked her what was the occasion. “Lunar Year!”
We can’t say we remember what animal was designated on that particular year but suddenly, to have gained the knowledge of this whole different year calendar with its different zodiac beasts, made our imaginations soar high. And years later here we are, writing about this with a happy smile and a cheerful image to match (hopefully) that has its own little wild story, straight from our imagination. Continue reading