The second postage stamp of the New Year was issued on January 8, 2009 in New York City by the United States Postal Service. Welcome the Year of the Ox!
This Year of the Ox stamp is number two in the USPS series that will ultimately have 12 stamps issued. The Year of the Ox will begin on January 26, 2009 and run through February 13, 2010.
The 12 Chinese Animal Signs represent a cyclical concept of time that is based on the cycle of the moon. Western cultures embrace a linear concept of time based on the solar calendar. Unlike Western cultures, the Chinese New Year varies each year. It can start between late January and early February. Even though the Chinese adopted the Western calendar in 1911, the Chinese Zodiac calendar is celebrated each year with great fanfare. The Chinese animal signs also correspond to horoscopes, just like Western Zodiac signs. Most people who follow these horoscopes don’t take them seriously though.
In case you’re wondering what the positive traits of being born in The Year of the Ox, you will find that Ox people are: responsible, dependable, honest, caring, honorable, intelligent, industrious, and practical. The negative traits are: petty, inflexible, possessive, dogmatic, gullible, stubborn, critical, intolerant, and materialistic.
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