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Happy 牛 Year!


According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2009 is the Year of the Ox. The new year started on Monday, January 26, 2009 of the Western calendar.

Chinese Zodiac Animals

The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac. One story says that Buddha invited all of the animals in the world to join him for the New Year celebrations, but only 12 animals showed up. As a reward, Buddha named a year after each one of them. The 12 animals are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. There are some myths and folk wisdom concerning the zodiac years. For example, farmers expect to get good crops in the years of ox and horse. Dragon years are said to be eventful and sometimes sinister.

The Year of the Ox

Because of lunar dating, the first day of the new year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. If you were born within the following dates, you’re an ox!

Year of the Ox People

People born in the Year of the Ox are hard working, patient, speak little, and inspire confidence in others. They are tolerant, have a strong character and can also be stubborn and fierce in anger. In 2009, people born in the Year of the Ox can overcome any recent setbacks or obstacles, so look forward to a year in which to really shine, either personally or professionally!

Famous People Born in the Year of the Ox

President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, singer Bruce Springsteen, boxer Oscar De La Hoya, actors George Clooney, Richard Gere and Dustin Hoffman; artist Vincent Van Gogh; Princess Diana; former President Richard Nixon.