Welcome to our commemoration of
Our 20th Anniversary
Chinese New Year 4719 - Year of the Ox
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The ox’s element is earth, representing "stability and nourishment." Its earthly branch is associated with yin, which is slow, soft and passive. The ox is honest, earnest and low key, never looking for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides its talent, but recognition will be gained through its hard work.
The ox’s good attributes are found beyond the Chinese zodiac. The animal has been represented in religion, art, literature and popular culture throughout east Asia for centuries. The ox's importance in agriculture garners high regard.
In China, it is considered an animal of strength that is associated with harvests and fertility. In the past, people created an ox using mud and beat it with sticks as part of a new year ritual to mark the start of spring. Placing a metal statue of an ox at the bottom of a river was believed to prevent a flood. Feng shui, which harmonizes people with their environment using energy forces, regards the ox as auspicious, giving it the reputation for granting wishes.