Nipplewort and Sherpherd's purse play major roles this month, as ingredients in a seven-herb rice porridge. Eaten on 7th January each year, the tradition is kept to ward off evil. Some chanting is also involved the night
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I personally welcome this tradition, too many delicious treats and delicacies make a plain porridge style dish the perfect cleanse for the overworked digestive system, bringing the body into balance ready for the year ahead.
From this day I usually abstain from alcohol for one month in order to cleanse even more. Recently with its love of fundraising activities the UK has started DRYATHLON- which encourages people to give up alcohol for the month of January and raise money for important health research.