Each Chinese New Year is designated by one of 12 Animals (in the order of):
the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Hare, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and the Pig.
Today is the beginning of the Chinese New Year of the Ox. People born in the Year of the Ox (1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) are said to be dependable with leadership qualities, patient, strong, responsible, great in organizing, honest, reliable, logical, stubborn, narrow minded, and have low public relations skills.
Both President Barack Obama and Princess Diana were born in the Year of the Ox. I am not sure the low public relations skills would describe either of them, but I do see some of the other traits in both.
Last year, I wrote about some of the traditions associated with the Chinese New Year and posted photos from 2006 and 2008 in my “year of the rat” post.
Below are a few photos from this year’s Lion Dance and two short videos. I think my 2006 photos are better though, so if you have the chance, take a peek at my year of the rat post. The lions that year were much fancier.
Kung Hee Fat Choy!!
The first video is from last Friday. It shows the lions being fed the li see paper (red envelopes with money inside).
The second video is from 2006. This video shows the lions doing acrobatic skills.