Gung Hay Fat Choy:
February 12th is the start of the Chinese New Year which runs until February 26th and culminates with the Harvest Festival in Asian countries. 2021 will mark the Year of the Ox.
The Ox is the second of all the 12 zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it.
According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, people born in the years 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and 2021 are born under the sign of the Ox. The cycle as you can see comes every 12 years.
Oxen are honest and earnest. They are low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work.
They believe that everyone should do what’s asked for them and stay within their bounds. Though they are kind, it’s difficult for them to understand persuasion using pathos. Rarely losing your temper, they think logically and make great leaders.
While the world did go a difficult 2020 with political turmoil, economic decline, social unrest and a once in 100 year global pandemic, our lives were severely altered and to most seemed like a disaster of epic proportions. The Year of the Ox promises more stability and better times with a new opportunity to make the country and work for the better.
Collin Fat, Zone 7 Representative
Sacramento Valley Region