Happy Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year works according to a lunar calendar - like Easter - and so comes at different dates. In fact, as it is celebrated in many different countries, it is more often called the Lunar New Year.

In 2021, the year of the Metal Ox begins on a 12th February. There are usually celebrations around London Chinatown, but that's not the plan this year! In the celebrations, our London Director, Mr Jon Alagoa, leads his team in one of their always popular demos. You can't see it this year, but we are happy to share last year's highlights for you below, so that you know what to look out for next year. This year, to mark the New Year we are holding an on-line celebration exclusively for our students and their families. That is on Friday 12th at 6 p.m. Plus, we are inviting students to send in their videos and there's a bit of a competition going on too. Look out for e-mails about that if you are one of our students, or contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.

So what can we expect of the year of the Metal Ox?

Each year has one of twelve different animals as its symbol. The first in the cycle is the Rat, and 2020 was the year of the Rat. As the Rat comes first, it meant the year of new beginnings. The year of the Rat is a year of new beginnings. That was particularly so in 2020 because each year the animals are paired with one of the five Chinese elements, and in 2020 the Rat was paired with the first element, metal. So Chinese astrologers tell us that all the turmoil of 2020 was about change, with the crises bringing about fresh starts.

So what of this year, the Ox? Well, it's still a metal year - the Metal Ox - so it has a sense of beginnings too. But Ox is also about hard work, and being strong. Metal emphasises that. It is a year of taking the new beginnings and working hard in a solid, disciplined way, to continue our progress.