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Happy Chinese New Year! Say hello to the Year of the Ox

Happy Chinese New Year! Say hello to the Year of the Ox
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Welcome the Year of the Metal Ox 

Say goodbye to the Year of the Rat and say hello to the Year of the Ox.

新年快乐 / 新年快樂

Today is Chinese New Year, one of the biggest annual events that is celebrated by millions of people around the world and this year marks the year of the metal ox, the second of all zodiac animals. The Ox is a valued for its role in agriculture and positive characteristics such as being hardworking and honest. It usually signifies forward momentum so, hopefully 2021 will be less static than last year and things will slowly get back to normal.

Many people take the 60-year calendar very seriously and believe it plays an important role in making huge life decisions for the year ahead, such as whether they should get married or start a business.

Since there are 12 zodiac signs, the Ox year occurs every 12 years. The recent zodiac years of Ox sign are: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.

The year of a person’s birth sign (known as Ben Ming Nian), is believed to be unlucky because of its conflict with Tai Sui. Therefore, 2021 will be a turbulent year for the Ox who might encounter unexpected challenges, especially in their career and studies. The key to overcoming any potential bad luck is to strengthen your morale.

Here are a few lucky objects recommended for Oxen:

Colors: white, yellow, green

Numbers: 1, 4

Flowers: lily of the valley and lucky bamboo

Directions of auspiciousness: East, Southeast

Directions of wealth: Northwest

Directions of love: South


Chinese New Year will end with the rise of the Full “Snow Moon,” which will occur on Saturday, February 27, 2021. It’s the final full Moon of the astronomical season of winter in the northern hemisphere.

If you would like to learn more about the Chinese New Year, we recommend the video embedded below via ClickView.

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