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26 January 2009

Chinese New Year

Year of the Ox

Year of the Ox
Image source: Bernard Oh

CHINESE EVERYWHERE have ushered in the new Year of the Ox. The 15-day festival, which starts today, celebrates the attributes of the ox: tenacity, hard work, modesty, and a self-sacrificing nature with an active mind. Those born in the year of the ox are not extravagant, shrinking from all the "wheeling and dealing" of the competitive world.

Hmm. With all those values of fortitude and honesty, it sounds like the Chinese are indeed preparing us for the dreary prospects of the new year!

San nin faai lok (Happy new year)! Kung hei fat choy (Congratulations and be prosperous)!


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3 INTERACTIONS:

richieparr said...

Profound happiness to you Paul on this new year of the Ox. Snake ka din, right? This should be a good year for us serpents and vipers. I do need to practice more on those attributes you mentioned...I intend to finish something significant this year, wish me luck. Xin Nian Kuai Le.

Paul Ancheta said...

Quite delayed reaction, Richie, but happy new year to you too! But what the heck is Xin Nian Kuai Le? Parang name of a restaurant in Binondo? :)

richieparr said...

hahaha...that's Happy New Year in Mandarin, you heathen...haha. But come to think of it, it does sound like a resto in Binondo. No problem with the late reply, I'm worse most of the time. But I do love reading your entries, your life sounds very full and interesting. Keep it up!

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