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In the year of the ox we will work 'like an ox'

In the year of the ox we will work 'like an ox'

The world enters the Ox sign from Monday according to the Chinese calendar. Don't expect miracles, it going to be a difficult year, Feng-shui experts say.

"This year, everyone has to work hard like a double riding ox," predicts Taiwanese feng-shui expert Jenny Lin. According to Lin, there is no element of fire in the year of the Ox. In the Feng Shui teaching of the Chinese calendar, the element of fire must be present in order to function positively financially. From this point of view, the world stock markets are waiting for a dull year.

"I don't see light in the near future," said Michael Teo of Singapore, another Feng-shui expert. said.

The origin of the 12 animal signs

According to the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, tomorrow night the Year of the Rat will end and the Year of the Ox will begin.

The 12 animal signs of the Chinese include a mouse and an ox, as well as a tiger, a rabbit, a dragon, a snake, a horse, a ram, a monkey, a rooster, a dog and a pig.

The origin of the 12 animal signs dates back to the Spring and Autumn Period in the 6th century BC. By the time of the Southern and Northern dynasties in the 5th and 6th centuries AD, 12 animal signs began to be widely used in China. The ancestors of the Chinese used the 12 Animal Signs not only for years, but also for months and hours. In China, where a philosophy based on the "integration between God and man" was adopted for a long time, 12 animal signs have been the joint product of the Chinese nation's belief in animal and totem and primitive astronomy science.

The 12 animals that make up the 12 signs are divided into six pairs. This distinction is interpreted as all the wishes and desires of ancient Chinese society. Mouse and ox, for example, make up a pair. The mouse represents intelligence and the ox represents diligence. Intelligence does not bring success on its own without diligence. Diligence turns into stupidity unless it is combined with intelligence. Success will only come when intelligence and diligence go hand in hand.


Why did the ox take the second place among the 12 signs after the mouse? According to the legend that is the source of the calendar, God summoned all animals to his presence. He would listen to his orders and give gifts to the incoming animals for a year according to the order of their arrival. The ox immediately set out on New Year's Eve and became the fastest-growing animal.

 It was followed by tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, pig and mouse. The mouse complained when God was going to give these 12 animals a year. The mouse said, I am the biggest of the animals. If you do not believe, let's ask the people, they will say. God found the rat's complaint ridiculous, but nevertheless accepted the public's suggestion for evaluation. God ordered these 12 animals to go out into the street. When the ox came out, the people were friendly to him and caressed his head, but no one said that the ox was big. At that moment the mouse jumped onto the ox's back. This surprised the people on the street, a crowd person said, "Oh, what a big rat this is!" he shouted. Thus, God inevitably gave the first year to the mouse, and the ox took the second place.

Respected place of cattle

Cattle occupy a respectable place in the eyes of the Chinese because of their important role in the development of an agricultural culture and their proximity to people. Nowadays, the meat and milk of cattle, which continue to play a role in freight transportation as well as agricultural activities, are not missing from the tables.

As in the saying "Even an area of ​​land is the product of the labor of cattle", cattle are always praised in Chinese history. China's renowned writer Lu Xun speaks of cows as "eating grass and giving milk". Cattle used to be used in wars as well.

Many objects and events are compared to oxen in the daily life of the Chinese. For example, tractors are called "iron ox", and the continuous rise seen in stock markets is called "ox trajectory".

Characteristics of those born in the year of the Ox (2021)

Dignity, diligence, creativity, and realism are considered characteristics of those born in the Year of the Ox. "Oxen with high sense of responsibility" easily gain the trust and appreciation of their superiors. It is said that "oxen" are a bit too stubborn, although they can demonstrate strong willpower against adversity.

In the Year of the Ox, which is believed to bring good luck and prosperity, it is a tradition to present "oxes" made of various materials to the spouse and friend. For this reason, gold jewelry with an ox symbol on it started to fill the jewelery shops before the festival. Ox-shaped ornaments and toys also adorn the holiday windows.

According to one claim, the selection and ordering of 12 signs was determined according to the daily movements of the animals. Some historians argue that this is a fusion of the Chinese nation's method of recording ancient years and the minority nationalities' method of naming the years with animals, while others have the 12 signs entered China from India.

Since the Han dynasty, the Chinese have divided the day into 12 time zones of two hours. In the first zone, between 23.00 and 01.00, the mouse was very active and the click was heard the most at that time. During the period between 01.00 and 03.00, the ox would rumble and prepare for the double plowing. The time between 03:00 and 05:00 was when the tiger was most aggressive and went hunting. Between 05.00 and 07.00, the rabbit was on the job and searched for food. Between 07.00 and 09.00, the magical dragon made it rain. Between 09.00 and 11.00 the snake wandered among the grass growing in the spring. Between 11.00 and 13.00, when the sun was brightest, was the best time for the horse to run. 13.00 and 15.00 were the hours when the coach was grazing. Between 15:00 and 17:00, the monkeys were most active, jumping and making the most noise. Between 17:00 and 19:00, darkness began to set and the rooster entered the henhouse. In the period between 19.00 and 21.00, the dog started to act as a watchman at night. In the last part of the day, between 21.00 and 23.00, all the creatures on earth fall asleep, silence everywhere, and nothing but the snoring of the pig was heard.

The customs of celebrating the Spring Festival vary in various regions of China. The tradition of the whole family to have New Year's Eve dinner together is the same everywhere. A type of dumplings, "cauzi" is the most common New Year's Eve dish. Since the pronunciations of tofu dofu and fish conjure up wealth, they also have a special place in New Year's dinners.

According to the customs and traditions of the people, the Spring Festival starts on the 23rd day of the 12th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and lasts about three weeks until the Yuan Shiao Festival (Lantern Festival), which is celebrated on the 15th of the first month of the new year.

Not sleeping at all on the last night of the year is an ancient Chinese tradition. Tonight, the old year is greeted with joy and the new year is welcomed. The Chinese welcome the New Year with fireworks to scare away evil spirits and banish evil. It is believed that this will bring luck in the new year.

The Chinese adopted the international calendar standard in 1912. However, the traditional New Year's Eve, determined according to the lunar calendar, remained important among the Chinese.

According to the Chinese calendar, the new year begins between January 24 and February 19. A year consists of 354 or 355 days.

According to the Chinese calendar, the years are clustered as follows:

The Years of the Ox: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

Aries years: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

The dog years: 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

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