Happy New Year of The Ox

Happy New Year of The Ox 2021 from Education Recruitment Experts

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Read below to find out all about the Year of the Ox, 2021 Horoscope, Chinese New Year traditions and useful phrases

Chinese New Year 2021 : When is it and how is it marked? 

The Chinese New Year 2021 or the Spring Festival (Lunar New Year) is celebrated on Friday, February 12 , according to the traditional Chinese Calendar.

In the Chinese astrology, each year is represented by an animal. 2021 is the year of the Metal Ox, which is predicted to be a lucky year. The Ox has also been celebrated in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009. The Ox has the second position in the zodiac. The Ox is a representation of diligence, kindness, and generosity.

Lunar New Year 2021 Calendar 

The chinese calendar is not like the Gregorian calendar, and the first day of Chinese New Year starts with the new moon, that appears between January 21 and February 20(on February 12 2021), and the last day known as Lantern festival (February 6 2021), celebrated with night lantern displays, ends 15 days later on the full moon. New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve are celebrated with family. Traditionally, family celebrations were religious affairs, given in honor of the household and ancestors.

Chinese family celebrating CNY

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is China's most important festival. It is time for families to be together and a week of an official public holiday.

Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, February 12, 2021, beginning a year of the Ox. China's public holiday will be February 11–17, 2021.

Chinese New Year Quick Facts

CNY quick facts

Chinese New Year Dates

Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 12 in 2021.

The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar: the holiday falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21. Thus, each time the New Year in China falls on different dates of the usual Gregorian calendar, between January 21 and February 20.

The important dates during the period of Chinese New Year 2021:

February 4th              December 23rd                 Little Year (小年, xiÇŽo nián)
February 11th            December 30th                 New Year's Eve (除夕, chúxì)
February 12th            January 1st                        Spring Festival (春节, chÅ«n jié)
February 13th            January 2nd                       To the in-law's (è¿Žå©¿æ—¥, yíng xù rì)
February 14th            January 3rd                        Day of the Rat (é¼ æ—¥, shÇ” rì)
February 15th            January 4th                        Day of the Sheep (羊日, yáng rì)
February 16th            January 5th                        Break Five (破五, pò wÇ”)
February 17th            January 6th                        Day of the Horse (马日, mÇŽ rì)
February 18th            January 7th                        Day of the Human (人日, rén rì)
February 19th            January 8th                        Day of the Millet (谷日节, gÇ” rì jié)
February 20th            January 9th                        Providence Health (天公生, tiān gōng shÄ“ng)
February 21st             January 10th                     Stone Festival (石头节, shí tou jié)
February 22th             January 11th                     Son-in-law Day (子婿日, zǐ xù rì)
February 23th–25th   January 12th–14th           Lantern Festival Preparations
February 26th             January 15th                     Lantern Festival (元宵节-yuán xiāo jié)

 Happy Chinese New Year 2021 Greetings

As 2021 is a Year of the Ox. Chinese will often greet with: "Wish you Ox year lucky." 祝你牛年吉祥" Zhù nǐ niú nián jí xiáng!

Chinese people greet one another with lucky sayings and phrases to wish health, wealth and good fortune when they meet during the Chinese New Year.

Here are 30 most popular Chinese New Year greetings and wishes (with their Chinese characters, pinyin Romanization for Mandarin Chinese, and English translation). 

These happy New Year messages, well wishes and quotes will enable you share the joy and love, either by spoken or written, during the festive period.

Beginnings of Greetings and Sayings

Greeting an older (or respected) person is a little different in Chinese: nín for 'you', instead of the common nǐ. For example:

Zhu nín... (/joo neen/)
Wish you (older/respected) ...

Zhu nǐ ... (/joo nee/)
Wish you (younger/informal) ...

Popular Greetings for 2021 - the Year of Ox

1. 恭喜发财,红包拿来
Gōngxǐ fācái, hóngbāo ná lái
Wishing you happiness and prosperity; give me a red envelope.

Use this to greet someone if you're expecting lucky money. Only say this to close friends and relations. Don't say it to strangers or in a formal setting, to avoid looking presumptuous or ridiculous.

2. 牛转乾坤
NiǔZhuǎn Qiǎnkūn
Wishing you turning all bad things around, into a good brand new world. ("NiÇ”" in this phrases is a pun use world, which has two meanings: "to turn around" and "ox".)

NiÇ”qì Chōngtiān
Wishing you the "Chi" of being great reaches up to the heaven. No one is able to stop that.

Traditional Popular New Year Greetings and Sayings

1. 新年好
XÄ«nnián hÇŽo
Happy New Year

2. 过年好
Guònián hÇŽo
Happy New Year

3. 新年快乐
XÄ«nnián kuàilè
Happy New Year

4. 新春快乐
XÄ«nchÅ«n kuàilè
Happy 'New Spring'

5. 春节快乐
ChÅ«njié kuàilè
Happy Spring Festival

6. 吉祥如意
jíxiáng rúyì
Good fortune according to your wishes

7. 年年有余
Niánnián yÇ’uyú
Surplus year-after-year

8. 吉星高照
JíxÄ«ng gāozhào
Fortune will smile on you ('lucky star high shines') 

9. 心想事成
XÄ«nxiÇŽng shì chéng
May all your wishes come true. 

10. 大吉大利
Dàjí dàlì
Lots of luck and profits

Greetings and Wishes for Health
1. 身体健康
ShÄ“ntǐ jiànkāng
Enjoy good health

2. 机灵活泼
JÄ«líng huópō
A bright and lively spirit (especially used for children under the age of 10, wishing them to be active and smart)

Greetings and Sayings at Work and for Business

1. 恭喜发财
Gōngxǐ fācái
Happiness and prosperity (use this when receiving gifts or lucky money)

2. 财源广进
Cáiyuán guÇŽngjìn
'Enter broadly wealth's source'

3. 工作顺利
Gōngzuò shùnlì
May your work go smoothly

4. 事业有成
Shìyè yÇ’uchéng
Success in your career

5. 平步青云
Píngbù qÄ«ngyún
Have a meteoric rise (usually to wish for promotions)

6. 马到成功
MÇŽ dào chénggōng
Instant success

7. 步步高升
Bùbù gāoshÄ“ng
Promotions at every step

8. 一帆风顺
YÄ«fān fÄ“ngshùn
May your life go smoothly.

9. 升官发财
ShÄ“ngguān fācái
Win promotion and get rich

10. 生意兴隆
ShÄ“ngyì xÄ«nglóng
Prosperous business

Greetings and Wishes for Students

1. 学业有成
Xuéyè yÇ’uchéng
Achieve academic excellence

2. 学习进步
Xuéxí jìnbù
Progress in studies

3. 金榜题名
JÄ«nbÇŽng tímíng
Success in the examination (for those taking an important examination, including students.

Greetings and Wishes for the Family

1. 阖家欢乐
Héjiā huānlè
Felicity of the whole family

2. 家和万事兴
Jiāhé WànshìxÄ«ng
A harmony family leads to prosperty of all kinds. 

How to Respond to "Happy New Year"?

When someone greets you with "新年快乐 (XÄ«nnián kuàilè, Happy New Year)", the best and simple replies are: 

1. "新年快乐 (XÄ«nnián kuàilè)"
2.  "谢谢,也祝你新年快乐 (Xiè xiè, yÄ› zhù nǐ niú nián kuài lè) Happy New Year to you too, thank you"
3. "谢谢,你也是(xiè xiè, ní yÄ› shi)Thank you,  and the same to you."

Chinese New Year Decoration in 2021

Red is the main colour for the festival, as red is believed to be an auspicious color. Red Chinese lanterns and red couplet are the most popular decorations.

As 2021 will be a year of the Ox, decorations related to ox will be commonly seen.

What Is the Zodiac Sign for Chinese New Year 2021?

Chinese Zodiac

2021 is a Year of the Ox according to the Chinese zodiac, starting from February 12th, 2021 and lasting until January 31th, 2022.

2022 is a Year of the Tiger, starting from February 1st, 2022, and lasting until January 21, 2023.

Chinese Zodiac sign of the Ox


1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Lucky Color
White, yellow, and green

Personality and traits

Oxen are known to be honest and sincere. Although they are hardworking and skilled, they never seek to be the center of attention. Nevertheless, they get the recognition they deserve for their hard work.

Oxen firmly believe that everyone should diligently do what is asked of them. They are very kind but often struggle to understand persuasion using pathos. They rarely blow a fuse and make for great leaders.

Metal       1961, 2021      Oxen may be stable financially but they will struggle a bit in the early stages. Although their friends and family are not of much help, they are able to                                              enjoy a comfortable retirement.  
Water       1973, 2033      These Oxen live comfortable lives early on and are well-admired their entire lives. They live long lives and are better off getting married later in life.
Wood       1925, 1985      These Oxen are highly versatile and live like a breeze. They face difficulties in their early stages but straightens out everything later on.
Fire          1937, 1997       Oxen are very friendly. They do not struggle financially throughout their lives.
Earth        1949, 2009      These Oxen are meticulous and enjoy being a leader. They make a lot of money but are unable to hold on to it. They eventually slow down and become                                           financially stable later in life.

Careers fit for Oxen

Oxen are most productive when working in a group. They work hard in school to build a strong foundation for their future and secure long-term and stable jobs.

Their dedication and diligence make them ideal for professional and stressful positions such as doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and teachers. Oxen are also renowned by society for their technical skills and effort.

Hope you found some of these facts fun and or useful. 

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