Chinese New Year celebrations will no doubt be very different this year – with the coronavirus pandemic still preventing large gatherings in many countries.

Chinese New Year is the biggest celebratory event in China, and marks the beginning of the new Lunar calendar.

The new moon calendar is different from the traditional Gregorian calendar. The first day of the new year is when the new moon appears.

This calendar has 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs assigned to it – known as Ben Ming. The animals rotate every year.

Today, February 12 2021, marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox.

So what does the year of the Ox mean? And what are the other Zodiac animals? Here is all you need to know.

What does the Year of the Ox mean?

Today marks the start of the year of the Ox, and the end of the year of the Rat (2020).

The year you are born is supposed to be the unluckiest for you, so people born in previous Ox years may face bad luck, according to Chinese astrology.

But the Ox also has great traits – strength, reliability, fairness and conscientiousness, as well as inspiring confidence in others.

  • Iceland launches new limited-edition Hoisin Duck Pizza ahead of Lunar New Year

This means those born in a year of the Ox will share these traits, according to legend. They are 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1983 and 1961, 1949 and 1937.

They are also thought to be calm, patient, methodological and trustworthy – but also very opinionated, strong-willed and stubborn.

Lucky numbers for those born in Year of the Ox include one, four and their lucky colours are white, green and yellow.

Full list of Chinese zodiac animals

Each year has a different sign, which means the person born in that year will be represented by one of the 12 animals.

Here are the Chinese Zodiac animals, and their personality traits, according to Sabrina Liao's Chinese Astrology: Ancient Secrets for Modern Life.

  • Asda is selling chocolate melting dome with cheesecake centre for Valentine's Day

Rat

Birth years: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Personality traits: Ambitious, charming, talkative, resourceful, private, frugal, critical

Ox

Birth years: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Personality traits: Diligent, gentle, hardworking, reliable, patient, materialistic, stubborn

Tiger

Birth years: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Personality traits: Confident, brave, magnetic, idealistic, thrill-seeking, arrogant, selfish

Rabbit

Birth years: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Personality traits: Kind, sensitive, artistic, romantic, judgmental, timid, refined

Dragon

Birth years: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Personality traits: Outspoken, energetic, generous, intelligent, perfectionistic, egocentric, impatient

Snake

Birth years: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Personality traits: Clever, curious, alluring, wise, anxious, calculating, jealous

Horse

Birth years: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Personality traits: Amusing, enthusiastic, independent, persuasive, irresponsible, moody, opportunistic

Goat

Birth years: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Personality traits: Easygoing, empathetic, creative, cheerful, disorganized, impulsive lazy

Monkey

Birth years: 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Personality traits: Entertaining, intelligent, optimistic, sociable, fickle, secretive, unpredictable

Rooster

Birth years: 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Personality traits: Adventurous, charitable, funny, loyal, argumentative, boastful, self-involved

Dog

Birth years: 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Personality traits: Helpful, honest, trustworthy, unselfish, pessimistic, anxious, timid

Pig

Birth years: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Personality traits: Caring, generous, smart, outgoing, fearful, impatient, materialistic

Source: Read Full Article