The ox represents the first year of the 12 year zodiac cycle, with 2020 being the « year of the metal rat ».
Children wearing face masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus play while masked visitors tour a hutong alley adorned with red lanterns for the New Year celebrations in Beijing, Thursday, February 11, 2021. China appeared to be slower than the normal New Year’s travel storm this year after authorities blocked people from traveling over the holidays to maintain control of the nation over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. AP
The Chinese New Year is celebrated worldwide on February 12th. The festival marks the start of the lunar new year and follows the lunar calendar so that a different date is set each year. The Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival.
Each year one zodiac in the Chinese zodiac – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig – has that on the moon and has a 12-year cycle.
According to a report by the BBC, millions of people in China typically travel around the country in the run-up to the New Year to spend with their families. People clean their houses to prepare for the celebrations before the celebrations.
On the eve of the New Year there is a tradition of not picking up a broom in case you accidentally sweep happiness out the door.
Parades and Performances are also organized with people dressed in traditional clothing. Fireworks also play an important role and it is believed that the noise and light will deter all evil spirits for the months to come. Adults may give red envelopes to children with money inside.
Although the exact start of Chinese New Year is unknown, some people believe it dates back to the Shang Dynasty, when people organized sacrificial ceremonies in honor of gods and ancestors / p> However, the date of the festival, the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese lunar calendar, was set in the Han Dynasty (202 BC to 220 AD).
The Chinese New Year’s Bull 2021 is the Ox. Each year has a different zodiac sign in the Chinese zodiac and a 12-year cycle.
According to a report in Forbes, there is also a cycle of five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water, which together make a 60- Year cycle form. The year 2021 will be the « year of the metal hole ». The ox also represents the first year of the 12 year zodiac cycle.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many to change the way they celebrate the lunar new year. In China, many preparations and celebrations are expected to take place virtually with the government urging citizens not to travel home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In addition, Beijing has a yellow alert for Chinese New Year’s Eve strong air pollution issued. The city has also put in place a strict ban on fireworks and fireworks, suspended outdoor construction, and increased cleaning of key roads.
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