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Lunar New Year 2021

01 Feb 2021

Lunar New Year 2021

Lunar New Year 2021 is the Year of the Ox, the second sign of the Chinese zodiac. According to the Chinese New Year traditions, preparations for the New Year begin on the 4th February 2021 and last until New Year’s Eve which is referred to as “Little Year”.  The Chinese New Year Officially begins on the 12th February 2021 and ends on the 22nd February 2022 which is known as the “Spring Festival”.  

Check out some fun facts about the Year of the Ox, which starts when Chinese New Year 2021 kicks off on 12 February 2021.

Why is it called the Spring Festival?

The Chinese New Year starts from the beginning of Spring and marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The Spring Festival marks a new year on the lunar calendar and represents the desire for a new life.

What does Year of the Ox symbolise?

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. Thus, Ox became the second animal.

What characteristics are associated with the Ox zodiac sign?

Oxen are the hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, but never demanding praise. Oxen are honest and earnest. They are low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work.

What are the lucky colours for Lunar New Year 2021?

The lucky colours of the year are white, silver, gold, purple, blue and grey. 

Silver is a white and shiny precious metal. It is associated with the Moon, femininity, water, the feminine principle, feminine spirituality, protection, and reflection.

Gold is the colour of success, achievement, and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity, luxury and quality, value, and elegance, the psychology of this colour implies fortune, material wealth, and extravagance.

Blue represents the water element. This is associated with honesty, inspiration, blessing, and communication. It encourages contemplation and meditation, and it stimulates creativity. It is the representation of harmony and calm, and it is used to eliminate the states of mental tension.

White is the best colour for the house are ivory and white because they are the most proper for the optical nerve and they symbolize light, the heart of the people.

Grey expresses conservative thinking, and it is considered a very sophisticated color. A gray living-room will seem rich and bright.

What does a Lion Dance have to do with Year of the Ox?

Traditional lion dances are traditionally held every Lunar New Year, regardless of the year’s zodiac sign. Lions symbolise wisdom and power, and the dances bring good luck and fortune for the upcoming year. 

Now that you've picked up a few fun facts, swing by MacArthur Central to experience Lunar New Year traditions for yourself. Visit the array of retailers including APM Monaco and Tag Heuer for Lunar New Year special offers in-store and visit Rice & Mee to for delicious Chinese menu items made to order for lunch, dinner or special events.