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A year to endure hardship with ox-like fortitude

Thank your lucky stars that it’s the year of the ox.

According to the Chinese zodiac, the ox signifies prosperity through fortitude and hard work. The ox is seen as patient, tireless and capable of enduring hardship without complaint.

Sounds like just thing for a year filled with downsizings, foreclosures and layoffs.

But before you spend the rest of the year bent to the yoke, take time this weekend to celebrate the year of the ox at the island’s annual Chinese New Year festival.

Here’s what’s going on:

The Seattle Chinese Orchestra performs at Island School, 8553 Day Road, at 7 p.m. The orchestra is lead by Roger Nelson, who conducted the Bainbridge Island Symphony for over a decade.

Downtown erupts with firecrackers and dragon dancers during the festival parade. Activities for kids, Chinese food and music will also be on hand. The party starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

For more information, call (206) 780-2328 or visit bichineseconnection.org.