The Chinese year 4707 began Jan. 26, 2009. Today despite the rainy weather people came out for the Vancouver Chinese New Year parade. With dragon, cymbals and drums bad spirits were scared away from individual shops.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2009 is the Year of the OX. The Ox sign symbolizes prosperity through fortitude and hard work. Those born under the influence of the Ox or Buffalo sign will be stable and persevering.