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Chinese New Year: The Metal Ox

Happy Chinese New Year!! This Lunar New Year, we say goodbye to the Year of the Rat, and we welcome the Year of the Metal Ox. This year started on February 12, and lasts until January 31, 2022. If you were born in the years 1985, 1997, 2009, or this year, you are considered an Ox (no offense!) 

The Chinese use the “Lunar Calendar” to celebrate their New Year, which usually lies between February until late January the following year. The Chinese zodiac calendar is on a 12-year cycle, with each year marked by 12 different animals. The animals include Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig, in that order. The cycle of twelve animals is a way to name the years, and in 2021, we fall on the year of the Metal Ox. 

Many myths were passed down about why the Ox was marked second in the Chinese zodiac in China. In one of the tales told through the generations, the Jade empire organized the animals based on which animal won a race. The Ox came before the Rat, but it gave the Rat a ride on his back, so the Rat jumped off the Ox and became first. 

Now, what does this mean, being an Ox? Is it a bad thing? Not at all! According to traditional beliefs, you oxen are hard-working, intelligent, and reliable but never demanding of praise. Oxen are considered to be honest. They are very “low-key” in each and every situation they encounter. According to an article, Oxen tend to believe that everyone should do what they are asked to. Oxen also stay in their bounds. Though Oxen are very kind, they think logically and make great leaders and often gain recognition through their hard work. 

The Chinese Zodiac plays a vital role in the Chinese culture, including compatibility, health and lifestyle, and how people decide to live their lives. For Oxen, you are most compatible with Rat, Snake, and Rooster. Some beliefs tell that Rats tend to have the same personality as Ox, and they hold the same goal in life. With Snake and Rooster, they often offer warmth and romance, and they provide strong support in Oxen’s lives. Seeing how people compare their zodiacs for compatibility is fascinating. 

The Chinese Zodiac is another fun way for people to look at the zodiac constellation. But it’s not just about looking for compatibility, good fortune, or health and lifestyle. It’s about understanding the Chinese culture itself since China still plays such a significant role in the global economy. So, what’s your Chinese zodiac sign?

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Smile Tongkaw

A young STEM student aspired for Mechanical Engineering and a staff writer at the Collegian. She's interested in design, machines, and the advancement of technology. Her dream is to use her design and technology skills to achieve a significant role in a dominantly male field. She enjoys playing video games, cooking, and mostly spending her time studying.

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