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On This First Day of the Chinese New Year – A Message for all our Friends, Regardless of Ancestry:
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all of the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality.
This New Year is the Year of the Ox. People born in the Year of the Ox are strong, reliable, fair and conscientious, inspiring confidence in others. They are also calm, patient, methodical and can be trusted. Although they say little, they can be very opinionated. They believe strongly in themselves, but are also stubborn and hate to fail or be challenged.
At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck.
During this 15-day holiday period, we wish all of our visitors of Chinese ancestry, and all of our other friends, family, visitors and readers, as well, a New Year full of good fortune, good cheer and good health.
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