What is the Year of the Ox and how it went viral on social media?

China celebrates its New Year in the month of February on the second full moon and the year 2021 is the Year of the Ox. It marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of the spring season.
Created On: Feb 17, 2021 13:24 IST
Modified On: Feb 17, 2021 14:19 IST
Year of the Ox 2021
Year of the Ox 2021

China celebrates its New Year in the month of February on the second full moon and the year 2021 is the Year of the Ox. It marks the end of the winter season and the beginning of the spring season.

Social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have joined the Chinese New Year celebrations, allowing users to celebrate the event online through stickers, AR effects, and filters. 

Facebook introduced a new 'Like' button for a limited time to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Instagram too came up with a new story feature which compiles people's celebrations from around the world. Users need to use any of the Year of the Ox stickers in their stories to be a part of their story. It is to be noted that Facebook and its products are not available in China. 

What is the Year of the Ox?

As per Chinese astrology, twelve animals represent the Chinese zodiac signs. One animal and its personality traits are assigned to the 12-month period every year. The year 2021 is the 'Year of the Ox' and is said to bring stability and calmness. As per several predictions, it is the year of great opportunities and economic prosperity. 

Start Date  End Date Heavenly Branch
31 January 1805 17 February 1806 Wood Ox
17 January 1817 4 February 1818 Fire Ox
4 February 1829 24 February 1830 Earth Ox
23 January 1841 9 February 1842 Metal Ox
8 February 1853 28 January 1854 Water Ox
27 January 1865 14 February 1866 Wood Ox
13 February 1877 1 February 1878 Fire Ox
31 January 1889 20 January 1890 Earth Ox
19 February 1901 7 February 1902 Metal Ox
6 February 1913 25 January 1914 Water Ox
24 January 1925 12 February 1926 Wood Ox
11 February 1937  30 January 1938 Fire Ox
29 January 1949 16 February 1950 Earth Ox
15 February 1961 4 February 1962 Metal Ox
3 February 1973 22 January 1974 Water Ox
20 February 1985 8 February 1986 Wood Ox
7 February 1997 27 January 1998 Fire Ox
26 January 2009 13 February 2010 Earth Ox
12 February 2021 31 January 2022 Metal Ox

As per a myth, the Jade Emperor stated that the order of the zodiac animals will be decided by the order in which they will arrive at his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride and upon arriving he jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal. 

The 12 zodiac animals in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Zodiac years of Ox sign are 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and 2021. It is to be noted an Ox year occurs every 12 years.

Significance of the Year of the Ox:

The Year of the Ox will replace the Year of the Rat i.e., 2020 which was filled with turbulence. The year 2020 witnessed COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown around the world. Year of the Ox (2021) is predicted to provide stability. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal and due to its role in agriculture, characteristics such as hardworking and honest, are attributed to it. 

Personality and Characteristics

Men who are born in the Year of the Ox are reliable and trustworthy. They feel a great responsibility towards their family and due to this reason, they don't allow people to go against the rules set by them. They even have high expectations from their children, even if they are unrealistic. 

Women who are born in the Year of the Ox are calm and gentle. They never surrender to fate and rarely think of choosing an alternative, leading to a life full of struggles. They walk down the road they choose until the end. 

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