Celebrate Lunar New Year 2021 and the Year of the Ox!
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. As for zodiac sign characteristics, 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 gain recognition through their hard work. Though they are kind, it’s difficult for them to understand persuasion using pathos. Rarely losing their temper, they think logically and make great leaders.
Lunar New Year is a fifteen-day celebration that starts on the new moon (also known as Chinese New Year, Spring Festival, or "Little Year"). On the New Year, people participate in traditional activities such as:
- Sweeping out the old year and welcoming in the new
- Cooking special foods
- Honoring ancestors
- Distributing and receiving red envelopes for good fortune
- Participating in the special dragon/lion dance
- Making loud noises with firecrackers
Due to the ongoing pandemic, some of these activities, like gathering for the annual lion dance in Chinatown, have been altered to virtual instead of public gatherings.