Chinese New Year: Year of the Monkey
February 8, 2016
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Chinese New Year this year comes a little earlier than it did last year, and with the Year of the Ram gone, the next animal of the Chinese Zodiac is the Monkey. Individuals born in the Year of the Monkey are quick-witted and clever, and some astrological predictions are suggesting that those born in the Year of the Monkey will have below-average fortunes, and curiously enough, individuals born during the Year of the Ram are projected to have a reasonably good year. Of course, given that astrology can hardly be considered to be a science on the basis of being irrefutable: regardless of their wording, all of the predictions for each sign converge to the idea that hard work is sufficient to overcome adversity, and this statement always holds true. So, regardless of which Zodiac animal one might fall under, honest effort and persistence leads to prosperity.
The Chinese New Year’s Eve was yesterday evening, and this year, celebrations consisted of a quiet, homemade dinner with family: roast chicken, crispy roasted pig, Chinese-style garlic prawns and a delicious fish soup. I suddenly realise that we do not have gaozi (dumplings): quite popular in China, their shape resembles yuan bao, Chinese gold ingots from the Ming Dynasty and are supposed to symbolise prosperity. Instead, we do have nian gao (a New Year’s cake) and Turnip Cake, both of which have phonetically similarities to Chinese phrases for prosperity and fortune. So, for all of our readers, I’d like to wish you 猴年快樂, 身體健康, 心想事成! Regular programming will resume whenever I find time to write: upcoming will tentatively be a post on Battlefield: Hardline and YuruYuri San☆Hai!. As for Winter 2016 anime, I’m very far behind, but I will likely be reviewing Ao no Kanata Four Rythmn after three within the next few weeks.