The Ox (牛) is the second of the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Ox is associated with the Earthly Branch (地支) symbol Chǒu (丑). The first day, the Lunar New Year Day, of Year Xīn Chǒu (辛丑年) falls on Friday 12 February 2021.
天干 (Ten Heavenly Stems) :
地支 (Twelve Earthly Branches) :
十二生肖 (12-year cycle in the Chinese zodiac)：
rat ox tiger rabbit dragon snake horse goat monkey rooster dog pig
Recent years of the Ox are: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.
Chinese Zodiac years are based on the Chinese lunar calendar. Interested people born in January or February can check the date of the Chinese New Year to confirm their birth sign, for example at the following site:
Oxen are capable farming animals in an agricultural society. They are symbols of diligence, perseverance and endurance.
Some people believe that people born in the Year of the Ox are strong, reliable, fair and conscientious. They are also calm and patient. They put their entire heart into everything they do. They feel great responsibility towards their family as well.
This is just a folklore with no scientific evidence. Please do not take this seriously. I have taught in high schools for many years. Students in the same class are of similar age and many students are likely to fall under the same Chinese zodiac. However, their characters can be very different.
Art works related to the oxen
Paintings of Oxen
In the painting, Han lined up the five oxen horizontally without any background. The five animals are vividly rendered in different postures. The first ox on the right is grazing, the second ox is looking upwards, the third ox one is in full frontal facing the audience, the fourth ox is looking back and the fifth ox is looking forward.
Drawing the five oxen with different postures and temperament shows the high skills of the painter. Han used the traditional Chinese ink line drawing technique to portray the powerful skeletal structure and muscles of the oxen in an accurate anatomical perspective. The lines are firm, smooth and bold to show the heavy weight of the oxen. Above all, the eyes of the oxen are so meticulously painted that they bring the animals to life.
The colours applied in the painting are light and elegant, with beautiful shades.
For more information on this long scroll painting, please visit the following webpage: