Year of the Ox

2021 is the Year of the Ox, beginning from Lunar New Year (February 12th, 2021) and running to the next Lunar New Year's Eve (January 31st, 2022).

The Year of the Ox is second in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals in order are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

A legend says that the Jade Emperor held a race, the order of the 12-cycle animal signs would be decided by the order in which the zodiac animals arrived at his palace. The ox helped the rat to cross the river; however, the ox had been tricked into second place. The rat jumped off the ox's back and crossed the finish line at the last minute of the race.

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Ox Years

Chinese zodiac years are based on the Chinese lunar calendar, each zodiac animal's year comes around every 12 years. It traditionally begins with the Year of the Rat.

The recent Ox years are …1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021… If you were born in one of these years, then you are an Ox. You can use our free Chinese Zodiac Signs Calculator to find out your zodiac sign.

Most Chinese think that the Chinese New Year marks the transition from one animal to the next. Usually falls on the period between January 21 and February 22, Chinese New Year date changes every year. You may need to pay special attention of you were born in January or February of the above years to figure out your zodiac sign.

Year Ox Calendar
1925 January 24, 1925, to February 12, 1926
1937 February 11, 1937, to January 30, 1938
1949 January 29, 1949, to February 16, 1950
1961 February 15, 1961, to February 4, 1962
1973 February 3, 1973, to January 22, 1974
1985 February 20, 1985, to February 8, 1986
1997 February 7, 1997, to January 27, 1998
2009 January 26, 2009, to February 13, 2010
2021 February 12, 2021, to January 31, 2022
2033 January 31, 2033, to February 18, 2034

Ox's Personality

  • Strengths: honest, reliable, patient, devoted, responsible, stable, persistent
  • Weaknesses: stubborn, uncompromising, overcautious, conservative, reserve

Practical and well-grounded, Ox is the sign that being patient with a strong devotion to work.

People born in the year of Ox bear the same qualities. Stable and conservative, Ox is one of the most reliable signs of the Chinese zodiac, ready to endure and stick to their choices until they get it done.

Oxen are loyal and super resistant to sudden changes. What we often see as stubbornness can be interpreted as commitment, and their ability to complete hard tasks is incredible. This dedicated nature makes them excellent employees, great long-term friends, and partners.

Be aware that oxen value honesty above all else, don't try to deceive them as they will never forgive you.

Which Type of Ox Are You Occupied?

In Chinese philosophy, there are five elements: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Years sharing the same animal sign and element repeat every 60 years.

It is said that personal characteristics are associated with the birth of animal signs and elements. People born with different animal signs and elements will have different personalities.

Do you know any celebrity born in the year of the Ox? Which type of Ox is he/she?

Types of Ox Years of Birth Personality Traits
Water Ox 1913, 1973 hardworking and persistent, able to endure hardship
Wood Ox 1925, 1985 stubborn, conservative, and uncompromising
Fire Ox 1937, 1997 lack of sympathy, incommunicative but practical
Earth Ox 1949, 2009 devoted, with a strong sense of responsibility
Metal Ox 1961, 2021 active and patient, clever in social matters

Ox's Compatibility

Ox's Compatibility

Best Match with Ox: Snake, or Rooster

Oxen and Snakes are both willing to work long to live better. The Snake will respect the persistent Ox and offer warm support during hardships.

People born in the Year of Ox and Year of the Rooster are usually steady and conservative. They have to complement personalities and hold the same goals in life.

Rats fit Oxen nicely as well, but sometimes they will do some small tricks on honest Oxen just like they in the Zodiac Story.

Worst Match with Ox: Horse

The Ox may have a rocky relationship with the Horse as they have totally different values and conflict personalities. Even though they can tolerate each other's differences, but there will always be tension.

Oxen are reserve and they cannot bear repeated tricks, while Horses cannot maintain a lasting relationship outside of work, they cannot well balance their career and family. So, it is hard to find common ground between the Ox and the Horse.

How to Get Luck for People Born in the Year of the Ox?

Lucky Things for Ox

Ox's Lucky Things

  • Lucky Numbers: 1, 4
  • Lucky Colors: green, white
  • Lucky Direction: southeast

Ox's Unlucky Things

  • Unlucky Numbers: 5, 6
  • Unlucky Color: blue
  • Unlucky Direction: northwest

Ox's 2021 Horoscope

Ox's 2021 Horoscope

No matter how good or bad forecasts for Oxen in 2021 are, or what type of Ox you are, you don't need to take it too seriously. It is for reference only, just like western astrology.


Ox people may experience a degree of physical and mental discomfort in 2021. It is important to stay calm, treat any illnesses seriously and timely so that you can regain a strong body as soon as possible.

Older in this year is very likely to the recurrence of old diseases. Try to keep routine checkups, and exercise regularly.

Younger may suffer from a variety of illnesses in their Ben Ming Nian, more prone to catching minor infections. Although not to the extent of losing lives, certainly need to endure the pains. Having enough rest and a regular diet can relieve the pressure.


In 2021, Oxen people may find it harder to achieve breakthroughs in career. If you want to change job, think carefully in order to avoid mistakes.

Someone will offer help to Oxen people's careers this year. Beware of their reliability, some may have evil purposes.

Being stable and devoted, Oxen people's careers will have blossomed in 2022.


Oxen people will experience the pain of having no money to spend in 2021

It is hard to make a lot of money at all, but there are many places to use money. These financial difficulties may cause you stress and anxiety. A few people may make a desperate attempt to get ill-gotten gains. Don't do that!

Keep in mind, no matter what unfortunate events that the Oxen people may experience, all of them will change to the best if you reacted positively.


Love and relationships in 2021 will mostly remain stable. Moreover, Oxen people have nothing to develop their love and relationship in this year.

For Oxen people who are single, the emotional progress is relatively slow this year. Try to participate in social activities more often and seize opportunities.

For married people, try to pay more attention to communication and not be so egocentric, strengthen the interaction of family members to build good relationships with each other.

Famous People Born in the Year of the Ox

  • Barack Obama (the 44th President of the United States): born 4 August 1961, Metal Ox
  • Bernard Arnault (Chairman and CEO of LVMH): born 5 March 1949, Earth Ox
  • Tung Chee-hwa (the 1st Chief Executive of Hong Kong): born 7 July 1937, Fire Ox
  • Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom): born 13 October 1925, Wood Ox
  • Vincent van Gogh (Dutch post-impressionist painter): born 30 March 1853 Water Ox

Introduction to the 12 Zodiac Animals

Listed below are all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, check out which animal sign you belong to and get lucky in 2021!

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