Chinese New Year of the Ox & its traditions
The biggest event on the calendar in China - Chinese New Year. The celebrations are also called the Spring Festival.
This New Year of the Ox came on Feb 12 and ends with lantern Fest on Feb 26. The new moon calendar dates always falls sometime between 21 January and 20 February. Normally it comes with the second New Moon after Winter solstice.
The Ox has traits of strength, reliability, fairness and conscientiousness, as well as inspiring confidence in others. This means those born in the year of the Ox - 2021 as well as 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 also share these traits - according to the Qin legend. They are also thought to be calm, patient, methodical and trustworthy - although also very opinionated, strong-willed and potentially stubborn.
How do people celebrate Chinese New Year?
Millions of people all over the world celebrate Chinese New Year in their communities and families.
Before the celebrations begin, people deep clean their homes as on the day itself it is back luck to sweep or clean in case you sweep the good luck for the year ahead out of your home.
Parades and performances are usually held too, including beautifully decorated dragons, people in traditional costumes and fireworks. The colorful lights and bang of fireworks are supposed to ward off evil spirits. Chinese people may also decorate their homes with red lanterns and posters around their doors.
In previous years, celebrations would have taken place in the streets but this may not be the case due to corona-virus restrictions
Despite the lack of celebrations, families will probably still have traditional dinner in their homes, including fish and dumplings on New Year’s Eve to encourage prosperity and noodle soup on New Year’s day. Noodle soup is a tradition as the long noodles are thought to bring Long life and luck.
People will dress in bright colors as black and white are thought to be bad omens, and women will stay at home throughout New Year’s Day as going out is also thought to bring misfortune to ladies.
It’s a tradition on Chinese New Year for people not to wash their hair or clothes. The date also celebrates the God of Water, and so water is spared. In addition, hair has the same pronunciation as ‘fa’ in ‘facai’ which means ‘to become wealthy’, and no one wants to “wash one’s fortune away” for the year ahead.