Happy Year of the Ox!

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Year of the Ox is the second animal in the Chinese Zodiac. Photo Credit: Ady Ven.

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Year of the Ox is the second sign of the Chinese Zodiac. So what are the personality traits of people born under this sign? What are their lucky numbers, colours, and flowers? And which signs would make their best partners – and which signs should they avoid?

Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac comprises two parts: the Earthly Branch and the Five Elements.

12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac 

  • Rat
  • Ox
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit
  • Dragon
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Sheep
  • Monkey
  • Rooster
  • Dog
  • Pig

Five Elements of the Chinese Zodiac

  • Wood
  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Metal
  • Water

While the Earthly Branch of the Chinese Zodiac runs in a 12-year cycle, the Five Elements run in a five-year cycle.  Taken together, it takes 60 years to complete the entire cycle.

The Ox is the second year of the Earthly Branch of the Zodiac. But it would have been the first if it were not for the crafty rat.

Click here to find out why:

The year 2021 is the second year of the Chinese Zodiac and the fourth element of the five elements.  To clarify, it is the Year of the Metal Ox.

Sometimes, the Year of the Ox is  called the Year of the Bull. Less often, people call it the Year of the Cow.

Years of the Ox

People born in the following years belong to the Year of the Ox. However, they must have been born on or after Chinese New Year.

If they were born before Chinese New Year, they would belong to the Year of the Rat. In other words, the Year of the Rat precedes the Year of the Ox.

Similarly, if they were born before Chinese New Year in the following year, they would still belong to the Oxen Year.

This is because the Chinese and Western calendars run on different cycles. Therefore, they do not entirely overlap.

  • 1913
  • 1925
  • 1937
  • 1949
  • 1961
  • 1973
  • 1985
  • 1997
  • 2009
  • 2021
  • 2033
  • 2043

Year of the Ox Personality Traits

People born in the Year of the Ox are hard-working, yet they never expect praise for their efforts.

In addition, they are intelligent, honest, and reliable.

In addition, they tend to have a positive attitude toward life, which makes them cheerful. Most importantly, they usually have an outgoing personality.

On the downside, they can have high expectations of others.

Male oxen tend to be reliable and trustworthy.  And female oxen tend to be calm and gentle.

Good (and Bad) Luck for Oxen

Lucky numbers for people born in the Year of the Ox include 1 and 4.  As for unlucky numbers, they include 3 and 6.

Oxen should keep those numbers in mind if they find themselves in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Macau, or Monaco!

Lilies of the valley and lucky bamboo are considered lucky plants for people born in ox years.

And blue, green, and yellow are lucky colours for oxen. Because they are unlucky for oxen, they should avoid both red and brown.

Best Partners People Born in the Year of the  Ox

When choosing a mate, people born under this sign tend to get along best with rats, roosters, and snakes.

But they should avoid setting up housekeeping with dragons, horses, tigers, and sheep. Otherwise, they are likely to have endless arguments.

Will the Year of the Ox Be a Lucky Year?

The Year of the Ox will be luckiest for people born in the Year of the Ox, the Year of the Snake, the Year of the Rooster, and the Year of the Rat.

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