Chinese New Year Year of the Ox comes each 12th year, as 2009 marks the next Year of the Ox. Move over Oprah, here comes the Oxen to party until the chimes are rung, and the red lanterns hung.
The Myth: Beast of Burden
Nian (or Year) the angry evil beast would spread fear amongst many, but one child created change just by wearing the color red. Once Nian noticed the color red, the beast ran away in fear. Once the people realized that the beast hated the color red, they began hanging red lanterns to keep that beast away. In comparison, the beast would be the evil spirits that American myths share with tales from Halloween. Instead of creating scary pumpkins to keep out the evil spirits, the Chinese hung red lanterns to keep away the beast that burdened their strength. Firecrackers also were introduced to scare the beast. Since, the Chinese New Year complied with these myths.
The Chinese New Year surrounds the Chinese calender, as Chinese-Americans are known for taking a complete week off to celebrate their heritage during the Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year is also celebrated by Koreans and the Vietnamese. What we call 2009, the Chinese calender calls the year 4047. This year shares the Year of the Ox. For those born under the Year of the Ox, it is noted that you are strong minded without random planning. Quick thinkers with reason, patient by all cost accompanied by manners. The type of person anyone would wish to fight for their side. A birthmark in the Chinese calender, and another fun reason to celebrate for those born under the Year of the Ox.
Chicago Celebrates the Chinese New Year Year of the Ox in 2009
Chinese New Year 2009 Year of the Ox is a great celebration in Chicago, the place in which our now President Barack Obama was Senator before being voted in as the next President of the United States of America. Chicago wants to celebrate this Chinese New Year 2009 Year of the Ox with you, and this is how.
Chinatown in Chicago is incredibly interesting with much to offer this Chinese New Year, Year of the Ox. Chinese New Year 2009 Year of the Ox comes alive with firecrackers during the last week of January. Chinatown in Chicago traditionally has a parade on Chinese New Year (January 26th). Under the pagoda arch, the dragon dances, as the lantern festival offers moon cakes. The parade begins on February 10th at 1 p.m. on 2400 South Wentworth Ave in Chicago working on northward. This parade features a 100-foot-long dragon float and the traditional Chinese Lion dance for all to see in celebrating the Chinese New Year 2009 Year of the Ox. For more information visit ChicagoWeekendFun.com.
For a great Chinese New Year meal, the Opera awaits with their famous Chinese menu of excellent Chinese taste. At the Opera one finds the upbeat atmosphere of a large renovated warehouse combined by the visibility of the open kitchen. The candles lining the steps of the staircase in the middle of the room add a warm glow to any Chinese dining experience. A decorative mural of Chinese newspapers along one of the walls completes the festive Chinese decor. Semi-separate rooms, housing two tables of four, offer more intimacy to small parties, as the Opera is not only a place for deep loud singers, it is also a place to dine during the Chinese New Year of 2009, the Year of the Ox. For more information travel to CityGuide.aol.com.
Strictly Sailboat Show simply adds to the things-to-do in Chicago during the Chinese New Year or 2009. Chinese New Year 2009 Year of the Ox share much in the month of January for Chicago since the Strictly Sailboat Show lands on the week of the Chinese New Year for the Chinese sea at heart to explore, amongst everyone else. This show is for anyone who decides to make time for it, as someone celebrating their Chinese New Year can add that Oriental taste on the water scene. You can catch this event on Navy Pier in Chicago, as tickets are $12 for weekdays, and $15 for the weekend days. Just another way to for the sea loving people, including the Chinese-Americans, to enjoy the week of the Chinese New Years 2009 Year of the Ox. For more information visit About.com.
Chicago is a wonderful alive city that shares it’s gates to those not naturally born in the United States, or those who have family members across the seas, including those from China. Chicago lights are little in comparison to the Chinese New Year lights, for when the moment that the Chinese New Year celebrations begin, one can see this light from miles away. Enlighten your next Chinese New Year during 2009 when the year marks the Year of the Ox with Chicago, they have so much in store for you.