Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year-To all my friends and readers

Ox ( 1913 - 1925 - 1937 - 1949 - 1961 - 1973 - 1985 )

A born leader, you inspire confidence from all around you. You are conservative, methodical, and good with your hands. Guard against being chauvinistic and always demanding your own way. The Ox would be successful as a skilled surgeon, general, or hairdresser. Some Oxen: NapoleonBonaparte, Walt Disney, Clark Gable, Richard Nixon, Rosa arks, Sylvia Porter, Vincent Van Gogh.

There are three ways to name a Chinese year:
  1. By an animal (like a mascot).
  2. 2008 is known as the Year of the Rat.
    2009 is the Year of the Ox.
    There are 12 animal names; so by this system, year names are repeated every 12 years. More.
  3. By its Formal Name (Stem-Branch).
    2008 is the year of Wu Zi.

    2009 is the Year of Ji Chou.

    In the 'Stem-Branch' system, the years are counted in 60-year Cycles, so that the Name of the Year is repeated every 60 years.
    2008 is the 9-th year in the current 60-year Cycle.
    2009 is the 10-th year in the current 60-year Cycle.

    A "Cycle" is analogous to a "century" in the International Calendar system which is 100 years long.

  4. 2008 year is Year 4705 in the Chinese Calendar.

    [A few Chinese astrological/zodiac websites believe this year should be considered as Year 4706 for zodiac calculations.]
    2009 is Year 4706 in the Chinese Calendar.

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