February 12 will be celebrated as Lunar New Year as people bid farewell to the Year of the Rat and say hello to the Year of the Ox, reported CNN. It is commonly known that the 12-year Chinese zodiac calendar is represented by 12 different animals. However, there is more to it.
A year in China a combination of one of 10 heavenly stems and one of 12 earthly branches. According to the sexagenary cycle, February 12 marks the beginning of the xin chou year.
While "Xin" represents the heavenly stem for the element metal, "chou" is the earthly branch symbol for ox, making it the Year of the Metal Ox.
Thierry Chow, a Hong Kong-based feng shui master told CNN, “The year of xin chou will have a strong emphasis on the yin metal element. The metal element represents anything sparkly from jewellery to the needle of a syringe. So we can see a bigger emphasis on industries related to metal in 2021.”
She added, “The ox, in Chinese culture, is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movements so, hopefully, the world will be less static than last year and get moving again in the second half of the year.”