Chinese New Year: Year of the Ox.

Mimi ON Jan 23, 2009 AT 10:58 am

The year of the Ox

The year of the Ox

Have you been to Chinatown lately? Seen the red lanterns? You know it can only mean one thing: Chinese New Year. On the 26th January, join in the celebrations and welcome in the year of the Ox. If you’re not up to scratch on your Chinese astrology, here’s a quick guide to the coming year:

The year of the Ox falls in an Earth year, symbolising new beginnings and fresh starts. The most success will come from careful planning and a pragmatic outlook, with long-term goals reaping rewards and short term fancies being just that: fancies. It is a year of opportunity as long as you’re prepared to put in the hard work to see things through. In the spirit of starting anew, this is also a good year for new relationships, romantic and platonic. Making new friends and finding new partners are part of the long-term investments the year of the Ox can provide.

Moving on from a personal level, it could also be good for the economy: no brash decisions but instead

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

well-planned strategies carried out by calm thinkers will reap long term benefits. Can you think of anyone to fit the bill? A newly inaugurated Obama perhaps? He is born in a previous Ox year (1961), and carries the traits of someone born under this sign; a natural leader and hard worker looks like what we’ve all been waiting for.

If you were born in 1961, 1973, 1985 or 1997, then you’re an Ox alongside Obama and these famous people: Jack Nicholson, George Clooney, Jim Carey, Meryl Streep, Sigorney Weaver and Kate Moss to name a few.  Maybe this year will make you a star…

Where to go for Celebrations…
Celebrations are traditionally held on the first Sunday after Chinese New Year’s Day, which means that on 1st February Chinatown will be transformed. Instead of the normal parade through central London there will be a stage set up on Shaftsbury

Celebrate in London

Celebrate in London

Avenue filled with acts from talented locals, while the main stage returns to Trafalgar Square, showcasing the best in Chinese acrobatics and dragon dancing from a 12 noon kick-off.

Gerard Street in Soho will be a mass of stalls, where dim-sum restaurants spill into the street with the chance to sample traditional sweets, treats and, er, decorations. Make sure you don’t miss out on this cultural transportation from London to Shanghai, it’s a real experience.

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