The Year of the Ox 2021

2021 is the year of Ox (Metal) according to Chinese zodiac, starting from Feb. 12, 2021 and lasting to Jan. 31, 2022. Ox is the second in the 12-years cycle of the Chinese zodiac sign. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.Chinese Zodiac

Chinese New year  – Spring Festival (春节chūn jié) falls on Feb. 12, 1st day in 1st lunar month, 2021, people will have seven days off , the holiday from Feb. 11- 17, 2021, The grandest traditional festival in China, annual family reunion, eat dumplings, set off fireworks.

Zodiac Year of Birth – 本命年 běnmìngnián

Those born in 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033… are Ox.
The Ox sign of the Chinese zodiac will encounter its birth year’ (běn mìng nián 本命年) again in Ox year 2021. Oxen are expected to face many challenges when their birth year recurs every twelfth year.

Ox- personality and characteristics- tough, honest, faithful, reliable.

Most people with Chinese zodiac Ox sign hold conservative and traditionalistic personalities. They impress people with an image of endurance, honesty and diligence.
Ox seldom fear for any hardships or difficulties. They are persistent but stubborn, cautious but hesitant, moody and quick-tempered. Napoleon was typical in many ways but with certain very noticeable failings with the sign of the Ox.

The Year of the Ox 2021Strengths: Persistent, cautious, patient, diligent, dependable.
Ox takes long time for consideration before taking actions, once they make decisions, they will hold on straight to end.With strong faith and willpower, they can always realize their goals.

Weaknesses: Stubborn, Unsociable and inflexible.
Oxen are stubborn, they can hardly change their minds to accept the advice of others. They usually do things based on their own pace and are not good at communicating with others.

For male oxen, they are strongly patriotic, have ideals and ambitions for life, and attach importance to family and work. Women oxen are traditional, faithful wives, who attach great importance to their children’s education.

The Best Careers for Ox

As the symbol of hard work, Ox people always work hard at everything and stick to finishing it. Possessing a serious and responsible attitude toward work, they can come up with different approaches to their task.

With a keen eye for details and an admirable work ethic, they are competent in such careers as agriculture, manufacturing, pharmacy, mechanics, engineering, draftsmanship, artistry, politics, real estate, interior design, painting, carpentry, or quarry work.

Lucky Signs for people Born in ox Year

Numbers: 1, 4      Colors: white, yellow, green  Flowers: peach blossoms, Tulip Directions: south, north

Love and Relationships

Conservative, faithful, Ox people treat friends sincerely and count much on friendship. they tend to keep a long term relationship with their lovers.
Best Matches: Rat, Snake, Rooster       Bad Matches: Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Sheep

Chinese Idioms

You are really something! – 你真牛 (nǐ zhēn niú)!
Bullish- 牛气冲天(niú qì chōng tiān)       Bull market – 牛市(niú shì)
The cowherd and the weaver girl – 牛郎织女(niú láng zhī nǚ)
The Year of the Ox 2021
An old cow licks the calf — parental love – 老牛舐犊 (lǎo niú shì dú)

对牛弹琴 (Duì niú tán qín)
Direct translation: to play piano for a cow
Meaning: talking to people that don’t and won’t understand you

牛角挂书 (niú jiǎo guà shū)
Direct translation: read while grazing the cattle with one’s books hung on its horns.
Meaning: A person who is so diligent in his studies that he finds a way to make use of every minute is “Hanging Books On The Ox’s Horn.”

Wish you all a prosperous and healthy New Year of the Ox!
Happy New Year ( 新年快乐 xīnnián kuàilè )!

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