London is busy celebrating The Year of The Dog in style with the traditional Chinese dances performed in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square and thousands of people lining the streets in the biggest event outside Asia and for ten days starting from February 16th there are lots of celebrations to be had:-

London celebrates the Year of the Dog

London celebrates the Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

We have been out for our obligatory family Chinese new year meal – at one of my favourite Chinese restaurants in Kew, The Four Regions – highly recommended if you want some delicious Chinese food.

I am a huge believer in the Chinese Zodiac signs, having spent my childhood in Hong Kong and being immersed in all things Chinese. I miss being there for Chinese New Year where we would be given shiny red envelopes with brand new lucky money inside – Lai See packets. We would have been involved in the traditional lion dancing, eating fortune cookies and setting of firecrackers inappropriately. My father, my son and I are all Dragons and the accuracy to which we are all described is uncanny. Same with my Monkey son and Pig daughter….but as this year is the Year of the Dog, I thought I’d share a few notes:-

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU’RE A DOG
Dogs are loyal and valued in the work place for being a good communicator. They love a quiet life and have a propensity to be a bit anxious, pessimistic and doubtful. They cannot live without tenderness and adore anything mysterious and bizarre – especially enjoying horror movies and the fantastical. They love being in wild and romantic landscapes – the more remote the better. They make a very good friend and they are modest, kind and magnanimous, despite needing constant reassurance.

THE DOG AS A CHILD
A dog child is sensitive and affectionate and easy to live with if his/her parents are attentive and understanding. Loves being close to nature and is afraid of the dark! S/he will be protective over any siblings, despite wanting to be the favourite! Can be introverted and has difficulty adapting to school life, but will get on well with children who share the same sign and experience the same problems. They have issues if they feel they’ve been excluded and can be capable of intense resentment. So love them a lot and don’t stifle their desire for freedom, reflection and calm. They need to be listened to and helped to go their own way.

LOVE LIFE
Dogs are faithful by nature and prefer long secure relationships rather than passing affairs. They tend to search out a soul mate and then heave a sigh of relief. Protecting the home is very important. Highly emotional and intuitive, but it can take a long time to relax and have confidence in someone. Should search out an optimist.

FAMILY LIFE
Dog parents are very conscientious but can be a bit too fussy and anxious, so try to avoid smothering them. Try not to give your children too important a role by loving them too much. Don’t force them into roles they are not suited for, they need to be able to make their own decisions about their future.

PROFESSIONAL LIFE
Dogs have everything necessary to succeed in their professional lives except, at times, motivation. They must be able to believe in what they are doing and feel committed to a mission on behalf of humanity if they are going to give the best of themselves. If they are in their chosen profession, they are excellent workers, always striving for the best. They behave naturally and fairly and are accessible to everyone, despite losing authority. Only their anxiety threatens to affect things unless they can control it. As a champion of justice they are not good when they encounter dishonesty or hypocrisy. They are intelligent, so are particularly suited for professions in the sciences, research and social work. Material gain alone will not satisfy them for long.

MATERIAL LIFE
Generous and unselfish, they are not good with speculating and risk taking or building financial empires. So best to choose a helping profession. They love spending money on their family and doing home improvements.

ENVIRONMENT
Dogs are deeply attached to the places where they were born and love to conserve the old family home. Love focusing on their interiors!

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

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