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Chinese New Year
2009 The Year of the Ox

Year of the Ox (Ji Chou)
Chinese (Lunar Year) 4707

Legend has it that the Ox was one of twelve animals that answered Buddha's call and was rewarded by having one of the twelve cycles of the Chinese calendar as its own. Each of the animals given such an honor were also able to pass their traits and characteristics down to people born in their year.

Many Chinese do not refer to themselves by a number age (I am 75 or I am 15) but rather by the animal under whom they were born (I am an Ox or I am a Snake).

You can determine what Animal you were born under here.

Those born in the Year of the Ox (2009 and every 12 years back and every 12 years to come) are often described as hard-working, but obstinate; friendly and serious. They are not afraid of many things, and even if they were afraid their fear will never hold them back.

You won't get a lot of conversation from an Ox but they tend to make people around them feel secure. People born under the signs of Snake, Rooster and Rat are most compatible.

Chinese New Year shrine

Do not cross an Ox; as friendly as they are, they do not like to be challenged. They are secure in their opinions and expect others to accept their expertise.

If you are looking for someone to fall for your get-rich-quick scheme, don't bother talking to an Ox. They are much too cautious to fall for a scam and believe in hard work, not luck.

Any career that involves details, organization and tenacity are ideal for an Ox.

Roast pig and duck

Of course, food is an important part of the celebration.

Chinese chef prepares roast duck

Preparing roast duck

Another part of the celebration is the Lion Dance. The Kwan Family Lion Dance Team has been performing their Lion Dance for almost 30 years and their dance on January 26, 2008 at Asia Plaza was tremendous.

Lion Dance sign for Chinese New Year

A clown/jester was on hand to provide some humor before the Lion Dance.

Chinese Clown

Chinese Clown with kids

Then with a blast of firecrackers, the drums began and the Lion appeared.

Chinese Lion Dance and drummer

Chinese Lion Dance - Lion eats lettuce for luck

Kwan family - Chinese Lion Dance

Chinese Lion Dance

Envelopes are fed to the Lion for good luck
Chinese Lion Dance

See more photos and video of the Lion Dance

To all of you: "Gung Hay Fat Choy" or "Best wishes and Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year!"

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