By Vigdis Hocken and Aparna Kher
In order, the Chinese zodiac signs are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Similar to Western astrology, each zodiac sign animal is defined by certain characteristics. For example, Snake energy is known to be sensual and intelligent while Horse energy is. Similar to Western astrology, Chinese astrology has 12 zodiac signs—which are represented by animals. However, in Chinese astrology, the zodiac sign seasons last all year long—as opposed to Western astrology’s four-week seasons. The Chinese astrology system identifies five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Each element is linked to motivating forces in your life. Because the animals are on 12-year cycles and there are five elements, the entire Chinese zodiac-element cycle lasts 60 years. In this system, each sign has a fire, earth, metal, water, and wood.
Friday, February 12, 2021 is the Lunar New Year and the start of the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac.
The ox is one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac (Shēngxiào, or 生肖), which is based on a 12-year cycle. The Year of the Ox begins on Chinese New Year, ending the Year of the Rat.
People born in the Year of the Ox are traditionally considered to be honest, hard working, trustworthy, and logical.
The following year in the Chinese zodiac is the Year of the Tiger, which starts on February 1, 2022 and ends on January 21, 2023, when the Year of the Rabbit begins.
The zodiac starts with the Year of the Rat and cycles continuously through the 12 signs.What is my Chinese zodiac animal? (Click to expand)What is my Chinese zodiac animal? (Click to collapse)
Imaginative, generous, successful, popular, curious
Confident, honest, patient, conservative, strong
Sensitive, tolerant, brave, active, resilient
Virgo and taurus love horoscope 2020. Affectionate, kind, gentle, compassionate, merciful
Enthusiastic, intelligent, lively, energetic, innovative
Charming, intuitive, romantic, highly perceptive, polite
Diligent, friendly, sophisticated, talented, clever
Artistic, calm, reserved, happy, kind
Witty, lively, flexible, humorous, curious
Shrewd, honest, communicative, motivated, punctual
Loyal, honest, responsible, courageous, warm-hearted
Sincere, tolerant, hard-working, honest, optimistic
Each of the 12 years in the Chinese zodiac cycle is represented by an animal and is associated with one of five elemental signs: wood, earth, fire, water, and metal. The Year of the Ox is associated with metal.
According to the Chinese zodiac, your birth year tells you more than just your age. Not only is one's personality affected by the animal associated with their birth year, but the compatibility of their relationships also depends on their zodiac.
In China, the start of a new year is celebrated with a Spring Festival, the biggest holiday of the year. Traditionally, people give their house a big spring clean and hang couplets on their doors. Couplets are poetic lines about spring and prosperity written in gold or black on red paper.
Setting off firecrackers is hugely popular, and children get hongbao, little red gifts with money inside, from older family members.
The animal signs in the Chinese zodiac are calculated in accordance with the Chinese calendar, which is lunisolar and is based on astronomical observances of the Sun's longitude and the Moon's phases.
This calendar is older than the Gregorian calendar, which is used by most countries today. In fact, the Chinese calendar's origins can be traced as far back as the 14th century BCE.
Leap years in the Chinese calendar happen approximately every three years when they add a leap month.