Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2021 – The Year of the Ox

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, starts on 12th February and is celebrated for 16 days. The reason it is celebrated this time of year is because it is the start of the new lunar year. The date of the Chinese New Year changes each year dependent on the moon.

Many celebrations are traditional customs. This including people cleaning their homes well prior to the celebrations. Once New Year’s Day arrives, it is custom not to pick up a broom as it may sweep away good. People decorate their houses with red lanterns and other red decorations for protection and fortune. There are parades and performances, with people dressed in traditional clothing. The celebrations end with a lantern festival.

Chinese Lanterns

What are the signs of the Chinese Zodiac?

In order, the 12 Chinese horoscope animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Originated from ancient zoolatry and boasting a history of more than 2,000 years, it plays an essential role in Chinese culture. The origin of the Chinese Zodiac comes from a story from Chinese mythology in which the Jade Emperor held a great race to select 12 animals to be his guards at the Heavenly Gate. This determined which animals made it into the Zodiac and in what order. Not only do the Chinese Zodiac animals represent a year, the animal ruling a person’s birth year is also said to influence personality traits, marriage, compatibility, career and fortune. Your zodiac year is considered your bad luck year as it is believed children can be taken by demons and that it is your rebirth year. The colour red is your weapon of defence and provides protection.

Red Chinese Lanterns

What does the year of the Ox signify?

2021 is the year of the metal Ox, starting from 12th February and lasting until 30th January. The Ox is the second in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac sign and is a symbol of agriculture, representing hard work, positivity and honesty.

Year of the Ox

Personality Traits & Compatibility of the Ox

In Chinese culture, Ox is a faithful friend that made great contributions to the development of the society. People born in the Year of the Ox are industrious, cautious, hold their faith firmly, and always glad to offer help. The faithful nature of people with the Ox zodiac helps them gain trust and makes them good leaders and managing. The Ox’s strengths are that they are loyal, honest, responsible, hard-working and logical. Their weaknesses include being less-talkative, conservative, stubborn, overcautious. The Ox is best matched with the Rat, Snake and Rooster. Bad matches are the Dragon, Tiger, Horse and Sheep.

Chinese Year of the Ox

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