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Chinese New Year 2021: Celebrating Year of the Ox




Last year, it was to celebrate you "doyty wats". This year, on 12 February 2021, Chinese New Year is all about the Ox.


If you read my post last year about the Year of the Rat, you will know that the Ox came second in the race for the order in the Chinese horoscope cycle by being duped by the pesky Rat.


You might think that the Ox is stupid for letting the rat trick him. You might think the Ox is only a victim of his own kindness. You might even think that the Ox should not have come second due to what should have been the disqualification of the rat from the event. I am here to tell you that if you are thinking any of these things, then you should spend your time being more productive.


For your and my edification, in order, the 12 animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. For all you Ox out there, let’s check out the obligatory Chinese horoscope to get an irrefutably accurate list of your traits...


Strengths Diligent, dependable, determined, faithful, family-oriented, loyal, honest, careful, ambitious responsible, traditional, conservative and compassionate.

Weaknesses Unsophisticated, stubborn, self-opinionated, unwilling to take advice, unapproachable, unsociable and inflexible.

Every year, I try to find a random/interesting fact about Chinese New Year. The past few years have involved facts about adult diaper sales and hiring pretend partners for family events. This year, it is a little more serious. The fact this year is that around one-sixth of the world celebrates Chinese New Year which is an incredible amount of people. However, given the world we now know with pandemics, vaccinations, social distancing, quarantine and travel restrictions, it is hard to appreciate or understand how celebrations can happen for the billion-plus people. I know it will be a much less social affair than usual, but hopefully one that can be enjoyed nonetheless.


Of course, we celebrated Christmas last year in a "unique" way, so we know how the status quo is evolving every day to different norms under restriction. With every celebration that passes, we are reminded of how life was much more free than we ever thought. Hopefully, when I write again next year, the world will have changed back again to a semblance of what normality was, but with us all having a deeper sense of appreciation.


For all you Oxen and Ox lovers out there, I wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year. May your CNY be filled with health, healing and hope.


Kung Hei Fat Choi!


FYI, here are some of the world's most famous Ox:

Charlie Chaplin, Barack Obama, Wayne Rooney, Keira Knightley, Bruno Mars, Margaret Thatcher, Michael Phelps, Malala Yousafzai, Diana Spencer, Pablo Escobar, Meryl Streep, Malcolm X, Jim Carrey, Eddie Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Pol Pot, Walt Disney and Louis Armstrong.

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