Monday, January 26, 2009

Chinese Year of the Ox - celebrations subdued

So what does the Year of the Earth Ox hold for the 12 Chinese zodiac signs? Feng shui master Wong Keen Ming clues you in:
This is your lucky year; everything is favourable. You’re probably the luckiest of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. You’ll make significant progress in your career. Big money comes your way and you’ll enjoy good health.

Career: You have two important lucky stars. You could be promoted and can expect a windfall.

Love life: You’re not so lucky in love this year. The female Ox wants to bask in luxury, while the male Ox is in a foul mood. Relationships may turn cold.

Health: The Ox loves sports and healthy food, and rarely gets sick. In fact, the Ox will enjoy better health this year. The young Ox should not have too much of a good time lest he/she gets into trouble.

Take note: Remember the old Chinese saying: Never forget the hard times when you’re lucky. - from

NVDL: My guess is the above ought to be rendered utter bullshit by July of this year. On the other hand, perhaps worse is in store in 2010 (recession-depression-wise), which is why we can still consider ourselves lucky now (wry smile).
clipped from
Mood not bullish as China greets Year of the Ox

BEIJING, Jan 26, 2009 (AFP) –
China gave the Lunar New Year a raucous welcome Monday with parties, feasts and thousands of tonnes of firecrackers, but the mood was far from bullish as the nation ushered in the Year of the Ox.

A barrage of fireworks across the capital Beijing reached its deafening peak at midnight and lit up the city into the early morning as revellers ushered in the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar.

The normally bustling streets were subdued by the afternoon, however, as Chinese retreated to family homes for several days of feasting and holiday observances, a scene repeated across the nation of more than 1.3 billion.

But for many, the joy was tempered by worry over what lies ahead.

Graduates from China's hundreds of universities are another group likely to be hurt in the slowdown, with the World Bank forecasting 7.5 percent growth in the Year of the Ox, the lowest since 1990.

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