There will be fireworks, and dragon dances, and exchange of gifts in China to celebrate the Lunar New Year...The Year of the Ox. Same thing will happen in large cities with Chinese neighborhoods throughout the world. Here in the decidedly "smaller" world of Club South Meridian, we aren't "doing it up" the way we have before due to these "tough economic times". But we bought some Dim Sum-like goodies, and we'll enjoy them when I get back from my class Monday night.
A little bit about the Year of the Ox: people born under the Ox years are generally dependable, methodical, diligent, quiet, and intelligent. They are natural leaders, who prefer calm and peace so they can concentrate and accomplish the task at hand. They are kind-hearted people, but can also be stubborn and materialistic and don't like to be told what to do. Security is a BIG deal for them, and they will work to create a stable place for themselves in the world. They're polarity is Yin, which is the front of the body, as opposed to the Yang, which is the back side (If you look at the Yin-Yang Chinese symbol, the Yin is the black and Yang is the white). The Gemstone is Onyx, and the colors are Yellow and Blue.