Gong xi fa cai – Happy New Year of the Rat

Wishing you all the very best for the coming year of the Rat.

The twelve-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac starts anew on Saturday 25 January with the dawning of the Year of the Rat.

If you happen to be born in the Year of the Rat, please do not despair. The first animal of the Chinese zodiac is considered cunning and wise.

So cunning and wise that, according to Chinese legend, when the Jade Emperor held a race between twelve different types of animal the Rat, playing a flute, rode in on the back of the Ox and was declared the winner.

The previous evening, the Cat had asked the Rat for a wake-up call to get to the race on time. Which the Rat neglected to give. And so, to this very day the Cat hates the Rat for losing out on a spot in the zodiac.

Should you celebrate Chinese New Year, may many blessings grace your household.

As a gift from me, please enjoy another tale of legend. Calliope is the first story in Sophrosyne – ten commute-length murder mystery stories in a handy app available on App Store and Google Play.

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