Happy New Year to my fellow Asians! Today marks the start of the 15-day celebration of the New Year in the Lunar Calendar (yes, we celebrate for 2-weeks, isn't that awesome?)
For me, growing up Asian in a Canadian household, we only observed some of the traditional Chinese festivities, but they were always lots of fun, like receiving Lucky Red Envelopes (which, alas, I have to give out now, since I'm married), lots of candy and even more food!
This year is the Year of the Ox, which, according to Wikipedia:
"The Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. This powerful sign is a born leader, being quite dependable and possessing an innate ability to achieve great things. As one might guess, such people are dependable, calm, and modest. People born under the influence of the Ox are kind, caring souls, logical, positive, filled with common sense and with their feet firmly planted on the ground. Security is their main preoccupation in life, and they are prepared to toil long and hard in order to provide a warm, comfortable and stable nest for themselves and their families. Strong-minded, stubborn, individualistic, the majority are highly intelligent individuals who don't take kindly to being told what to do."
Do you know any people born under this sign?
February 19, 1901 - February 7, 1902
February 6, 1913 - January 25, 1914
January 25, 1925 - February 12, 1926
February 11, 1937 - January 30, 1938
January 29, 1949 - February 16, 1950
February 15, 1961 - February 4, 1962
February 3, 1973 - January 22, 1974
February 20, 1985 - February 8, 1986
February 7, 1997 - January 28, 1998
January 26, 2009 - February 14, 2010