Year of the Tauren
The year 2009 is the year of the Ox, or more appropriately, the year of the Tauren.
According to the lunar calendar, the new year begins today, and it’s a time to honor the elders. Taurens deeply honor their elders, and this is reflected in their customs. They are also a strong and noble race.
According to one Chinese legend, the 12 animals argued as to who would be the first animal in the 12-year cycle. The gods decided to hold a contest in which the animals must cross a river. The first animal to cross the river would be the first on the chart followed by the other animals according to their finish. The rat was the smallest of the animals and was expected by the other animals to finish last. Quickly, the 12 animals jumped into the river, but unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped on his back. As the ox was about to jump on the riverbank to claim first place, the rat jumped off his back and won the race. (source)
Matticus has also posted the horoscope of the Ox zodiac from a World of Warcraft perspective.