Sunday, January 25, 2009

Happy Year of the Ox!

Chinese celebrating the New Year. Reuters.

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.


Anonymous said...

I heard that our new President is under the year of the Ox. So, let's see if he fits the measure.


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daily horoscopes said...

Chinese New Year for 2009 is on the 26th of January: the Year of the Yin Earth Ox.

In Chinese Astrology each sign is represented by an animal. There are 12 animal signs in total, each corresponding to a lunar year, with each sign also having 5 elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal & Water). In certain years, particular elements are more prominent. For instance in 2005, the ‘wood’ element is very prominent so therefore it is 2005, Year of the Wood Rooster. The special combination of the Sign and Element only occurs once every 60 years.

As Chinese Astrology is one of the oldest types of Astrology, the origins of naming the years after animals is unknown. But a popular legend is that Buddha (c.563-c.483 B.C) invited all the animals to visit him, and as a demonstration of thanks to those who came, he dedicated a year to each of the animals according to the order in which they arrived: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

SCG said...

I will leave daily horoscope's comment up since it is in keeping with the topic. I removed the other because it was an ad. These are the dangers of leaving moderation OFF.