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The Year of the Ox starts on January 26

The Year of the Ox starts on January 26January 26 marks the start of the Year of the Ox in the Chinese or Lunar calendar. Those who were born in the years 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 – and of course 2009 are “Ox people” as astrologers would say. According to many sources, the qualities of a person born on the year of the Ox reflects that of the animal named after it and are as follows:

  • Patient and quiet but can be eloquent when needed
  • Hardworking and dependable
  • Mentally and physically alert
  • Competitive, hates to fail or being opposed
  • Stubborn

On the negative side, Ox people can have fierce tempers and have a tendency towards eccentricity.

The Chinese New Year is also called the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year and is not only celebrated in China or Asia but the world over by many people of Southeast Asian origins. The New Year celebrations this year end on February 15.

Perhaps the most famous person to be born in the year of the Ox is no other than the newly inducted US President Barack Obama (born August 4, 1961). Other ox celebrities include Bach, Handel, Van Gogh, Dvorak, Walt Disney, and Charles Chaplin.


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