02/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Chinese New Year: Where To Ring In The Year Of The Ox

President Barack Obama was born in the Year of the Ox. And on Monday, less than a week after his inauguration, the lunar calendar will turn to the Year of the Ox as Lunar New Year begins.

The Year of the Ox (which occurs every 12 years) is supposed to inspire hard work, perseverance and patience, but at local restaurants it's also inspiring some tempting ox-related dishes--much more tempting than the dishes inspired by the previous year's symbol: the rat. These will be accompanied by traditional New Year dishes and rituals at the following celebrations.

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