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Lunar New Year 2021: Year of the Ox

The Lunar New Year, most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, typically falls sometime between January 21 and February 20 annually. Lunar New Year 2021 is tomorrow, February 12, and in terms of the Chinese zodiac animal, it’s the Year of the Ox.

It is called the Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars traditional to many east Asian countries including China, South Korea, and Vietnam, which are regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. The New York Times explains, “A solar year—the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun—lasts around 365 days, while a lunar year, or 12 full cycles of the Moon, is roughly 354 days.” As with the Jewish lunisolar calendar, “a month is still defined by the moon, but an extra month is added periodically to stay close to the solar year.” This is why the new year falls on a different day within that month-long window each year.

A Metal Ox Year combines an already diligent and strong Ox with the robust, firm, and wealthy characteristics of Metal, it heralds a year of incessant energy, effectiveness, and abundance! Take advantage of the toughness and vitality of the Metal element to accomplish your best work. Between the perseverance of the Ox and the fortitude of Metal, get the needed boost and enjoy a year of great success and productivity.

What to watch out for? The laser focus and determination of the Ox can lead to stubbornness and an unyielding approach which may result in missed opportunities. This will be a very dynamic and intense year, don’t miss the forest for the trees, try to strike a good balance, and don’t let that bullheadedness set in.

After a wild and erratic Year of the Rat, the Year of the Ox brings much-needed balance and strength. This is the time to be persistent and tireless, to tackle all ventures with the energy and stamina of the Ox. Here’s to a gratifying, booming, and prosperous Year of the Ox!

Note: SWATCH WATCH – Though giving a clock or watch as a gift is one of the biggest no-nos in Chinese culture because it symbolizes ‘running out of time’, a lot of watchmakers still released a Year of the Ox edition to welcome the Chinese New Year. So maybe buy it for yourself.

All others are good gifts to give or just go with the Red Envelope and Money. 🧧

Thank You to the Chinese Family Adventure, The Japanese Times, TimeOut NY, and Oprah Mag

Dramatic Dangling Sparkles

Oscar de la Renta Beaded Clip Earrings

From Rats to Riches!
Starting to feel the Sparkly of the Holidays~
Perhaps there will be an NYC sparklyrat…with Oscar de la Renta to help.

Available at Oscar de la Renta, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, ShopBop and Fwrd.com

“As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.”

Celebrate those moments in gold Dolce & Gabbana

And for an early start in Holiday elegance:

National Grouch Day!

dievca’s favorite Muppet is the headliner for today!

And don’t lie to yourself — EVERYONE is a grouch at some point….embrace it.

Celebrated since 1976, according to Sesame Street Magazine, October 15th is National Grouch Day — a day for all Grouches to celebrate their way of life.

dievca was looking for a little Grouch Couture for inspiration and came up with these photos:

But then realized that if she was really going to be true to her Mentor, Moschino was the way to go!
(Who doesn’t NEED a garbage can crossbody bag?)

PS. dievca is meeting Master for coffee, we will see if He is grouchy~


City Silence

It’s so quiet,
the silence is roaring in my ears.

One of the Joys of living in the City, is the hum and thrum of activity.
A second Joy of living in the City, is when the masses leave for a short Holiday,
and there is Silence.

Those times are Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

People exit the city for the Hamptons, Fire Island, the Jersey Shore, the Poconos, etc.
dievca usually opts to stay in the City.
These Holidays are not big tourist attractions and the drop in traffic is significant.

Ahhh, dievca should have never told you….

Wait, people come to the City for the hustle and bustle…so we should be fine.

The silent time was spent with Master upon His return,
a double delight for dievca.

Choose one:

Holidays for Thursday, June 1st, 2017:

  • Dare Day,
  • Dinosaur Day,
  • Don’t Give Up The Ship Day,
  • Flip a Coin Day,
  • Global Day of Parents,
  • International Children’s Day,
  • Heimlich Maneuver Day,
  • National Hazelnut Cake Day,
  • National Moonshine Day,
  • Say Something Nice Day,
  • Stand For Children Day,
  • Oscar the Grouch Day,
  • New Year’s Resolution Re-Commitment Day,
  • Wear a Dress Day, 
  • World Milk Day,
  • National Go Barefoot Day

Even though dievca’s favorite character on Sesame Street is Oscar the Grouch:

(don’t ask where dievca found this photo…ok, here.)

she could celebrate World Milk day.

She’s going to go barefoot and wear a dress for June 1st:

Which Holiday are you going to Celebrate, today?

“That’s not possible…..”

Scuba-Diving-In-Crete1Holiday-Makers — a term used in Europe to describe a person on vacation away from home.
And a term dievca heard used to describe the businesses which set up all-inclusive travel for Europeans, sort of like the US travel agents (a dying breed).

When dievca moved to Europe for the 1st time, she had just lived through a Winter from hell. Too much snow. All she wanted to do was go on Vacation in the sun.  In the US, she would have booked a flight by phone and found a hotel, separately. In Europe, she was directed to a package travel “holiday-maker”.

Travel Agent C

As she walked into the storefront and sat down at the desk, a lovely young lady came up to help her. dievca and the agent determined that an island in Spain would be the destination and started to try to book the trip.  dievca did not understand that the trips were canned and to do something off-schedule was unheard of — she kept getting the response “That’s not possible…”

credit-card-calculator-image.pngDon’t tell an American, “That’s not possible….” especially when she hasn’t lived in the country long enough to realize the phrase is a cultural response to opposing the norm.
dievca’s back got up.

An American thinks, “I have a credit card….anything is possible. Get the hell out of my way.”

DOS systemAfter about 20 minutes of polite arguing, dievca became bold enough to ask if she could look at the computer. It was a DOS based system and as she put in the dates she wanted (a Tuesday to a Tuesday), she had success.  The girl was amazed, “I’ve never booked a trip to Spain, in the middle of the week.” She knew it was “wrong”, so she didn’t try. Can you see why dievca got irritated?
OK, OK – dievca gets it…the agent was young.

BTW, the trip turned out to be lovely and there was a funny story with the “trip guides” who were befuddled (and a bit rude) when dievca showed up to learn about the amenities offered with the travel package. They thought she was sneaking in on their offerings because she wasn’t European….Lord forbid that an American would purchase a Holiday travel package through a very regional firm. Then they saw her name on the list of customers and were quite embarrassed. Needless, to say dievca rolled her eyes and planned her own activities…

Why is dievca telling you this story? Because she is meeting a friend in Europe to travel to Greece. And as she is trying to buy the cheapest ticket to miss the least amount of work, her friend is using an online holidaymaker and…..you guessed it….you can only get flights for certain days and times.  Of course, the ticket dievca originally bought didn’t match the options available. Thank goodness Expedia allows you to cancel within 24 hours.


dievca thought after 20 years, the Holidaymakers would have learned flexibility.
Guess not.
But, dievca still has that credit card at the ready!  😀