Chinese New Year Dragon Dance

2021 - The Year Of The Ox

Each lunar year in China corresponds to one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, and 2021 is the year of the Ox.

Why is the Ox so special in Chinese culture, and what exactly does it stand for?

The Ox is the second of all the Chinese zodiac animals.

According to myth, the Jade Emperor decreed that the order would be decided by the order in the animals arrived at his party.

The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but the Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride.

Just as they arrived, the Rat jumped down and landed ahead of the Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.

The main Chinese character associated with the Ox (δΈ‘) suggests a change of direction, and after the traumatic events of 2020, many are hoping for just that.

So why not join us on Saturday for what promises to be a colourful and exciting event?

The dancers will inspire you to face the year ahead with strength and determination – typical Ox characteristics!

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