President Teddy Roosevelt may have inadvertently described people born in the Year of the Ox with his famous slogan (based on an old proverb) “speak softly and carry a big stick you will go far.”
Yes, this is the year of the Ox. The Chinese New Year is represented by 12 different animals (goat, monkey, pig, rat, snake, dragon, horse, rabbit, rooster, tiger, dog and ox) in 12 year cycles. It is widely believed by followers of the Chinese Lunar Calendar that a person’s traits, characteristics and personality are greatly influenced by the animals of the year in which they were born.
Those born in the years 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985 and 2009 are said to be influenced by the Ox and share common characteristics. One internet site describes people born in the Year of the Ox as ones who are “patient, speak little and inspire confidence in others” however also tend to be eccentric, bigoted and they anger easily.
“They have fierce tempers and although they speak little, when they do they are quite eloquent. Ox people are mentally and physically alert. Generally easy-going, they can be remarkably stubborn and they hate to fail or be opposed. They are most compatible with Snake, Rooster and Rat people.”
No matter what their sign, people are invited to come out and take part in The Exploration Place Chinese New Year celebrations on Jan. 31. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for 6 p.m. Food Chinese cuisine is featured fun and entertainment to follow. Tickets are $65, available at the museum. Tables for eight can be purchased for $500. For more information phone The Exploration Place, science centre and museum, at 250-562-1612 or visit at 333 Becott Place at the end of 20th Ave, in Fort George Park.