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Thursday, January 1, 2009

* Happy Moo Year! It's the Year of the Cow (Really)!

Have moovelous year of the cow

2009 is the Year of the Cow in the Chinese calendar

My first inkling that 2009 had something special in store for cows occurred when I opened the Christmas letter from Susan, her husband Mark and daughter Pearl. Susan, a wonderful artist who creates hand painted silk creations, lived in Japan for almost 10 years before moving to Switzerland last year. She often touches upon the Chinese calendar in her Christmas letter, so she started her Christmas letter with the photo and headline above.

Now if you're someone who believes in signs, then I would say the "Year of the Cow" is probably the biggest billboard one could get to say stay on the cow trail in 2009.

The Chinese calendar is followed in many Asian cultures for major festivals. This traditional calendar is also known as the "ying" calendar or the "agricultural" calendar.

year of the ox symbolThe Year of the Cow is also known as the Year of the Ox, in case you were scratching your head and thinking I don't remember a cow.

"The Ox is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work." (Wikipedia)

The Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is one of the most important cultural celebrations and it begins on the first day of the first lunar month which is January 26, 2009 so technically it's 25 more days till the Year of the Cow.

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