The Year of the Rabbit

The Rabbit is believed to be one of the happiest signs. People born in the year Rabbit (1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 ) are renowned for their kindness, talent, reliability, articulacy, loyalty and air of mystery.

The Rabbit represents mid-spring when trees and plants are prospering. It represents youth, motion and activity. Will this year be an energetic one with new movements of more young people demanding change and political reform? Why not?

Our current generation of politicians in Western Europe and the USA have bailed out banks – socialism for the rich, unmediated capitalism for everyone else – whilst slashing funding for young people’s education, training and support. Young people have little or no access to house purchases thanks to rigid rules on mortgage borrowing, deposit demands in excess of 25% and a climate of (still) high property prices. Facing a future of debt, they might well be right to rebel.

In much of East and South Asia and South East Asia, fast developing economies are leading many to question traditional values of subervience, their place in society and their political masters. In South America too, booming economies cannot mask the despoliation of a generation of young people.

Change is in the air.

The picture above of New Year celebrations in London’s Chinatown is part of an excellent photo essay with pictures from across the world – take a look.

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