What the Chinese Zodiac predicts for 2021
This Friday 12 February marks the Chinese New Year. Also known as Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival - this special time marks the end of winter, and a new year on the lunar calendar.
A well-known part of Chinese culture and new year celebrations is finding out which animal of the Chinese zodiac will represent the year ahead.
This year will officially be the Year of the Ox. So, what does that mean for us in 2021?
About the Chinese Zodiac
In Chinese astrology, there are 12 different animals that make up the zodiac, or shengxiao. Each zodiac animal’s year comes around every 12 years in order, these are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
Shengxiao means ‘born resembling’, and so each year is represented by an animal and its attributes.
So, what does the Ox have in store for 2021?
In Chinese culture, the Ox is seen as hard-working, positive, and honest.
Highly valued for its work in agriculture, the Ox is seen as a selfless animal, representing stability and steadiness.
This is the kind of energy the world is looking for after the unpredictability of 2020. The year of the Ox will encourage people to work diligently, rebuild, and Keep Calm and Carry On.
What can we do to celebrate the Chinese New Year?
While the main day falls on 12 February, Chinese New Year is actually a week-long celebration, this year running from 11 to 17 February.
However, many will find any excuse to celebrate the end of 2020, so you will find celebrations happening all month long to mark the Lunar New Year!