Year of the Ox means?

It is said the Buddha asked all the animals to gather with him on Chinese New Year (January 26 this year.)  Only 12 showed up and he gave a month to each animal.  This year is the year of the Ox.  People born in the Year of the Ox are loyal, steadfast, hard working and stable.

So – if you were born in any of the following years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985 or 1997, 2009, you were born in the year of the Ox.  

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In the Rogue Valley, Jacksonville is the center of activity as there was a huge Chinese population during the gold rush days. It did not last, as the Chinese were forcibly sent back when I became illegal for a Chinese to live in OR. 

But February 5 will see an entire day of activities celebrating the Year of the Ox.  For a full schedule, see http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090130/TEMPO/901300307.  And outside the area, see if there is a local Chinese Association that will know what’s happening at this auspicious time of the year. Gung Hay Fat Choi!

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