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.
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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.
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Birth years: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Personality traits: Ambitious, charming, talkative, resourceful, private, frugal, critical
Birth years: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Personality traits: Diligent, gentle, hardworking, reliable, patient, materialistic, stubborn
Birth years: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Personality traits: Confident, brave, magnetic, idealistic, thrill-seeking, arrogant, selfish
Birth years: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Personality traits: Kind, sensitive, artistic, romantic, judgmental, timid, refined
Birth years: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Personality traits: Outspoken, energetic, generous, intelligent, perfectionistic, egocentric, impatient
Birth years: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Personality traits: Clever, curious, alluring, wise, anxious, calculating, jealous
Birth years: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Personality traits: Amusing, enthusiastic, independent, persuasive, irresponsible, moody, opportunistic
Birth years: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Personality traits: Easygoing, empathetic, creative, cheerful, disorganized, impulsive lazy
Birth years: 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Personality traits: Entertaining, intelligent, optimistic, sociable, fickle, secretive, unpredictable
Birth years: 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Personality traits: Adventurous, charitable, funny, loyal, argumentative, boastful, self-involved
Birth years: 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Personality traits: Helpful, honest, trustworthy, unselfish, pessimistic, anxious, timid
Birth years: 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
Personality traits: Caring, generous, smart, outgoing, fearful, impatient, materialistic
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