Chinese New Year 2021: The Year of the Ox

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. It is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with one major difference – each house has a time length of one year instead of one month.

2021 is the Year of the Ox. The ox is the second of the zodiac animals in the cycle, known to be a capable farming creature and the symbol of diligence, persistence and honesty. In Chinese culture, the ox is a faithful friend that made great contributions to the development of the society. People born in the Year of the Ox are said to be industrious, cautious, hold their faith firmly, and are always glad to offer help.

Recent Years of the Ox are 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009.

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What type of ox are you?

Personality and characteristics
The faithful character of people with the Chinese zodiac ox sign helps them gain trust from their principals and friends. They are talented leaders and are good at managing but may be a little strict. Oxen like routines and respect traditional ideas, doing things step by step. Their persistence makes them tireless workers.

They are likely to be self-made and insist that everyone should do their part whilst not putting up barriers to other people’s work. Although a little conservative, oxen always try to be just and fair in life or at work, and never let people down.

According to Chinese writers, most men born in the Year of the Ox are mature and have a strong sense of accountability, leaving a deep impression on others. Their logic and diligent working make them successful in work. However, they may lack a sense of humour and passion in life and sometimes might be over-assertive and arrogant.

Most women born in the Year of the Ox are diligent and tolerant. They don’t talk too much, remaining sincere and a loyal friend. They are also very ethical and don't like to break the rules. Occasionally their stubbornness may cause some conflict. Ox women are industrious and thrifty whilst managing a household, ensuring the smooth running of a home.

Most oxen will give their heart and soul when falling in love with somebody but won't let a relationship come to light until it’s stable, which means their partner will have to be patient. They prefer a mature mate and do not get along well with flirtatious people. Therefore, sometimes they may choose to wait a long time to find a soulmate rather than build a relationship quickly. They tend to cherish family, and so it is necessary to win recognition of their family members.

Most compatible with an ox: rat, snake, rooster.

The best match for the ox is the rat as they complement each other, while the ox and the snake have the same beliefs and are deeply attracted to each other. The ox and the rooster get along well with each other and find common hobbies so that they can enjoy life together.

Least compatible with an ox: tiger, dragon, horse, sheep.

The ox should be cautious if meeting partners with zodiac signs of a tiger, dragon, horse or sheep as they may have different values which could lead to frequent quarrels in their lives.

Careers suitable for an ox: lawyer, doctor, teacher, technician, politician, office clerk, consultant.

On the one hand, people born in the Year of the Ox are realists, upright and simple. They tend to do things in their own way and have a strong logic, which enables them to be qualified for jobs like lawyers and consultants. However, oxen are often very focused and conscientious at work, with a strong sense of responsibility, so they adapt well to be doctors and technicians.

People born under the sign of the ox are honest and kind-hearted. However, they could encounter many troubles, which will be a great challenge. But there is no need to be too frustrated in 2021 as there is always hope. Based on the ox fortune prediction in 2021, they will make some breakthroughs and turn disadvantages into advantages, as long as they catch every golden opportunity passing their way.

Famous people born in the Year of the Ox:

From all at Babel, we wish every ox a happy, healthy and prosperous Chinese New Year!

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