The Washington Times - January 26, 2009, 09:31AM

Millions of people around the world are celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year, which is the Year of the Ox, the BBC is reporting.

Although the Year of the Ox usually represents “calm, fortitude and success through toil,” the global economic downturn has many Chinese — as well as others — concerned about the future.

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They gore oxen, don’t they?  An apt metaphor for the global economy.

It’s the year 4706, according to the Chinese calendar.  It was 2009 when I went to bed last night.  I overslept again.

The Year of the Ox is supposed to be peaceful.  The Year of the Dragon is supposed to full of change.  I’m waiting for the Year of Retirement Plan Rooster.  Hopefully it’ll have something to crow about.