Happy Chinese New Year!

Yes, as another year rolls in, so too do the ancient traditions of our Asian counterparts, with the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the zodiac cycle.

As you may know from years of getting a free calendar with your takeaway, each year is symbolised by a different animal. According to Chinese folklore, animals raced to help the Jade Emperor keep track of the years.

The Rat, cunningly and cleverly, managed to swindle first place, after hitching a ride on the Ox’s head. The animals were then labelled for each year after. The order is as follows:

Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and, last but not least, the Pig.

And the list resets every twelve years.

People born in the Year of the Monkey are said to be sociable, innovative, enthusiastic and self-assured, but are more suspicious, arrogant and jealous as a result. If you’re looking for luck, look for the numbers one, seven and eight, and keep a sharp eye out for the colours; white, gold and blue.

So from all of us here at b**p, have a wonderful new year, and enjoy the celebrations!

新年快乐!