It’s the start the Chinese New Year – which runs until 15th February – and we’re pleased to be celebrating with our many Chinese friends and visitors here at Loch Ness.
This is the Year of the Rooster which comes around every 12 years. Years of the Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and this year.
People born in the year of the rooster are characterised as honest, energetic, intelligent, flexible and confident. Their lucky numbers are 5, 7 and 8. The lucky colours are brown, gold and yellow and a lucky flower is the gladiola.
Roger Federer is one of the people born under the sign of the rooster and it certainly proved very lucky for him last weekend as he won the Australian Tennis Open. Others born under the rooster are Rudyard Kipling, Prince Philip, Dolly Parton and Yoko Ono to name but a few.
The Chinese sign we like to affiliate with here at Loch Ness is the Dragon. We also like to think our beloved Loch Ness Monster has Chinese connections because of the unique characteristics that fit her so well. They are:
- Lucky – because she has not been caught yet.
- Flexible – she as avoided being seen too often.
- Eccentric – as she has that air of the unknown.
- Imaginative – she has captured the hearts of the peoples of the world.
- Spiritual – as she disappears for long times in the ether of the loch.
- Charismatic – she attracts the world’s media attention on a regular basis.
This week on the streets of Inverness there are lion dancers and sword-wielding martial artists demonstrating the traditions of the Chinese New Year.
And we’d like to wish everyone Gong Hey Fat Choy (in Cantonese) and Gong Xi Fa Cai (in Mandarin) … happiness and prosperity.