The Chinese Association of Iowa is hosting the 4th. annual Chinese New Year Poster Contest. Since the 6th. century B.C., the Chinese have used twelve common animals to represent the years in a repetitive 12-year cycle based on the movement of the moon. On the Chinese lunar calendar, the beginning of the Chinese New Year falls somewhere between late January and early February of the Gregorian Calendar.
The upcoming Year of the Ox begins on January 26, 2009. Contest entrants must be Iowa residents or residents of Hebei Province, our sister state in China. The deadline for entry is November 30! So check out the specifics for entry and get going on those entries. The celebration for winners will be on the Lunar New Year, January 26 at Valley High School in Des Moines.