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Celebrate Japanese New year: 2021, the Year of the Ox!

That you believe in it or not, it’s always fun to look into the New Year’s zodiac sign. And for this Japanese New year, the ox is in the spotlight. So, what to expect for 2021? We will try to decrypt all of this with you in this article.

The second of the zodiac signs

The ox is numbered second among the twelve signs of the zodiac. When Buddha organized a race to choose the twelve animals, the ox, knowing that it was slow to walk, decided to start into the darkness of the previous night. The rat, clever,  climbed onto the ox’s back and jumped in front of it as it crossed the finish line, becoming the first animal in the zodiac. As a result, the beef came in second.

Japanese New year: 2021, the Year of the Ox!
Ushi Tenjin shrine in Tokyo

A messenger of the gods?

Since ancient times, beef has been an essential animal in people’s lives, not only as food but also as a labor force for agriculture. As a diligent and hard-working figure, the ox is a symbol of honesty. He is thus seen as an auspicious animal, a messenger from God with the task to connect people. This is why ox statues are often found in Tenmangu shrines across the country. Tenmangu Shrines are dedicated to Michizane Sugawara, the god of learning. The ox, quiet and working in silence, echoes his teachings.

Ushi-Tenjin Kitano Shrine
Ushi-Tenjin Kitano Shrine

The personality traits of people born under the sign of the ox

People born under the sign of the Ox are hard workers, moving slowly but surely towards their goal and always finishing what they started. Serious, they take care of their family and friends and are always there to help those around them. They are often seen as the big brother (sister) figure. They can be quite stubborn, however, and it is best not to get in their way when they get angry.

What to expect for this 2021 Japanese New year?

Since the ox is the slowest of animals, it is said that the Year of the Ox is a year that goes by slowly. It’s an important year to get things done slowly but steadily, without rushing.

Since this is the second zodiac of the twelve, it is a year to build steady foundations for the future. Do not look for concrete results during the Year of the Ox, they will come later. The Year of the Ox is a year to work hard to start the path to future success.

For this Japanese New Year of 2021, Peko Peko will continue to make you travel to Japan, through our boxes. Hoping that the souvenirs we select and the videos we produce to keep you entertained for a long time to come.

Japanese New year: 2021, the Year of the Ox!
Japanese New year: 2021, the Year of the Ox
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