The Story of Zodiac

This year is the year of the Ox, the second of 12 animals of the zodiac.

The Story of Ox

Legend has it that long, long ago, the Jade Emperor wanted to select 12 animals to be his guards. He sent an immortal being into man's world to spread the message that the earlier one went through the Heavenly Gate, the better the rank one would have.

The next day, the animals set off towards the Heavenly Gate. Rat got up very early. On his way to the gate, he encountered a river. He had to stop there, owing to the swift current. After waiting a long time, Rat noticed Ox about to cross the river and swiftly jumped into Ox's ear.

The diligent Ox did not mind at all and simply continued. After crossing the river, he raced towards the palace of the Jade Emperor. Suddenly, Rat jumped out of Ox's ear and dashed to the feet of the Emperor. Rat won first place and Ox was second.

What Does Ox Stand For?

Grounded, loyal, gentle and trustworthy.

As the second animal of the Chinese zodiac, the Ox denotes the hard work, positivity and honesty. People born in the Year of the Ox are strong, reliable, fair and conscientious. They are calm, patient, and methodical. Sometimes stubborn in nature, however they always have a big heart.

The Story of the Sign

Chinese character “福”(pronounced as Fu)is probably the most wildly seen Chinese character, which stands for good fortune or luck. It is painted as a decoration on wind chimes, paintings, lanterns, pots and posters, especially during the Chinese New Year.

It is a traditional to hang the fortune sign (a poster of FU) on the door during Chinese New Year. The interesting part is that the character 福 must be hung upside down, because in mandarin upside down pronounced as “Dao”, is the same pronunciation as arrive. So the upside down Fu character combines the meaning of fortune and arrive which gives the idea of good fortune arrives at your home.

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