Where's the beef?

It's the Year of the Ox and we're hungry for big boys with bounce.

Where's the beef?

Happy New Year and welcome to the Year of the Ox!

If you’re following the Chinese zodiac, 2021 is all about big beefy boys with some bounce in the butt. Well, that’s our interpretation anyway.

Why is 2021 the Year of the Ox?

The Chinese zodiac follows a 12-year cycle. Each year in the cycle is associated with a specific animal.

The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. In this way, Ox became the second animal.

The sequence is:

  • Rat
  • Ox
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit
  • Dragon
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Goat
  • Monkey
  • Rooster
  • Dog
  • Pig

Last year was a Year of the Rat, so that means that 2021 is a Year of the Ox.

What characteristics are associated with people born in a Year of the Ox?

Oxen are honest and earnest. They are low-key and never look for praise or to be the centre of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work.

They believe that everyone should do what’s asked for them and stay within their bounds. Though they are kind, they’re not generally the most expressive people.

Oxen rarely losing their temper – they think logically and make great leaders.

How should we celebrate the Year of the Ox?

The Spring Festival at the start of a new year is a major event for Chinese people around the world. As we continue to navigate a pandemic, most celebrations have had to be adapted to some kind of online experience.

That means that we’ve all got to embrace some new traditions and find a way to celebrate that makes sense to us.

Here at Means Happy, we’ve decided to celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Ox by admiring some big beefy guys who’ve got some bounce in their butt.

Happy New Year!