Year of the Ox

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Gong hay fat choy! Happy New Year.

The Year of the Ox begins February 12, 2021

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February 12,2021 ushers in the Year of the Ox: a year that will heal the wounds of 2020 and bring good luck to all aspects of life.

The Coronavirus dominated 2020, but the Year of the Ox will be one of recovery. The courage and strength of the Ox will bring improved health and new economic opportunities to all.

For happiness in 2021, nourish your energy and let inner wisdom be your guide. Follow the advice of health experts, pay attention to your everyday habits, eat a balanced diet with plenty of immunity-boosting foods, wash your hands, exercise regularly and get lots of sleep.

The Ox Year predicts new possibilities. It will bring career advancement, success in business, prosperity and wellness. To get the most out of the Ox year, keep a positive spirit and banish any anxiety or negative thinking of the past. Success will come to those who go slow, pay attention to details, think deeply and never give up.

The second animal of the Chinese zodiac, the Ox denotes the hard work, positivity and honesty that will be manifested in the coming twelve months. Celebrated for strength, hard work, perseverance and honesty, the Ox has high ideals and an honest nature. It gives precedence to family and work and attaches great importance to education.

People Born in the Year of the Ox
Like the wild oxen that run freely in the fields, people born in the Year of the Ox are unique and gifted. They are extremely intelligent, bright, loyal and peace loving. Everyone loves to be around them. In 2021 Ox people can overcome recent setbacks and obstacles, so look forward to a year in which to shine, either personally, professionally, or both.

People born in the Year of the Ox do well as painters, engineers and architects. They are stable, fearless, brave, hard-working people who emerge as winners in every situation. Ox people make good friends. They love to socialize and throw parties, but when it comes to their career they are hard working dedicated, determined, obstinate and fiercely competitive. Tireless workers, they are capable of enduring great amounts of hardship without complaint.

People born in the Year of the Ox are considered dangerous when undisciplined, but powerfully useful when tamed. Ox people might say little, but they can be very opinionated. They believe strongly in themselves and can be quite stubborn. They hate to fail or to be challenged.

The Ox is widely revered as a symbol of strength, benevolence, patience and steady toil. It has been positively thought of in religion, art and popular culture throughout east Asia for centuries.

In Chinese culture Oxen are symbols of wealth, prosperity, diligence, perseverance and transcendence. The Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu has often been pictured riding an ox as he leaves court life behind, and rides into the mountains to meditate on the meaning of life.

The ancient Chinese art of feng shui, which harmonizes people with their environment using the force of nature regards the ox as an auspicious animal with a reputation for granting wishes.

Shintoism, the indigenous religion of Japan venerates and respects the ox. Ancient Christianity regards the ox as a symbol of redemption through sacrifice.

Famous People Born in the Year of the Ox
(1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985 or 1997, 2009, 2021)
President Barack Obama, Vincent Van Gogh, Adolph Hitler, Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, Walt Disney, Anthony Hopkins, Charles Lindbergh, Robert Kennedy

About the Lunar New Year
New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar and Chinese people often take weeks of holiday to prepare and celebrate. At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in  red envelopes. Red, which symbolizes fire, is believed to drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are believed to frighten evil  spirits and insure a prosperous new year.

Origin of the Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti  introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Lunar calendar is based on astronomical observations. The months are based on the moon and begin on the darkest day.

Due the changeable nature of moon cycles, the first day of the new year  may fall anywhere between the end of January and the middle of February, yet calculating the date of the Chinese New Year is easy, since Lunar  New Year always begins on the second New Moon after the winter solstice, New Year 2021 begins Friday, February 12th on the western calendar. It  is the Chinese Lunar year 4719 .

Origin of the Animal Correspondences
Legend has it that in ancient times, the Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came and the Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. 2021 is the Year of the Ox and people born under this sign are thought to have many Ox qualities.

Lunar New Year Events 2021
Due to the Coronavirus some Lunar New Year celebrations will be held in person, but many more will be held online. Here are some events we hope you will find interesting.

In Person Lunar New Year Events in New York City  
The Coronavirus has left many things uncertain. Please check to confirm these events.

Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
Sunday February 7th, 1:00 pm FREE
3 Doyers Street New York City
Chinese firecrackers and culture, colorful floats, marching band

Chinese New Year Parade in New York
Monday February 8th 1:00 pm FREE
Grand and Forsyth Streets, Chinatown NYC
Featuring food and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Ox

Virtual Lunar Events
Lunar New Year 2021: A Virtual Celebration

February 12-13, 19 and 26. FREE
Virtually welcome the Year of the Ox with 2 weeks of performances, arts and crafts activities and food inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia! View dance and musical performances and watch a traditional Lion Dance

Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration
Saturday, February 13, 10:00 AM Free (Registration via Eventbrite)
Ring in the Year of the Ox! Celebrate the Lunar New Year online. Enjoy streamed video performances and demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafts and Lunar New Year traditions.

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