Gong hay fat choy! Happy New Year.
The Year of the Ox begins January 26, 2009
For those of us who failed to keep the New Year resolutions we made on January 1st the Chinese New Year offers a second chance to begin
The Year of the Ox brings stability, hard work and perseverance. For success in an Ox year, go slow, pay attention to details, think deeply and never give up.
OXEN are incredibly strong. They are known for diligence, dependability and determination. They have high ideals, honest natures and are decidedly patriotic for their country. They give precedence to family and work and attach great importance to education.
PEOPLE born in the Year of the Ox are unique and highly gifted. They are extremely intelligent, bright and peace loving people and everybody loves to be around them. Ox people can overcome recent setbacks and obstacles in 2009, so look forward to a year in which to shine, either personally, professionally, or both.
Oxen do well as painters, engineers and architects. They are stable, fearless, brave, obstinate, hard-working people come out as winners from every situation. Oxen make good friends who love to socialize and throw parties, but when it comes to their career they are hard working, dedicated, determined and fiercely competitive. They are tireless workers, who are capable of enduring great amounts of hardship without complaint. President Barack Obama (b. Aug 4, 1961) was born under the sign of the Ox.
Famous Oxen (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985 or 1997, 2009, 2021)
President Barack Obama, Vincent Van Gogh, Adolph Hitler, Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, Walt Disney, Anthony Hopkins
About the Lunar New Year
New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar and Chinese people often take weeks of holiday to prepare for and celebrate. At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Red, which symbolizes fire, is believed to drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are believed to frighten evil spirits and insure a prosperous new year.
ORIGIN OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Lunar calendar is based on astronomical observations. The months are based on the moon and begin on the darkest day.
Due the changeable nature of moon cycles, the first day of the new year may fall anywhere between the end of January and the middle of February, yet calculating the date of the Chinese New Year is easy, since Lunar New Year always begins on the second New Moon after the winter solstice, New Year 2009 begins Monday, January 26th on the western calendar. It is the Chinese Lunar year 4707.
ORIGIN OF THE ANIMAL CORRESPONDENCES Legend has it that in ancient times, the Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. 2009 is the Year of the Ox and people born under this sign are thought to have many Ox qualities.
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