Happy Chinese New Year! 2021 year of Gold or Metal Ox

On February 12, with the Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year 2021 of the Ox began. Also known as the Golden or Metal Buffalo. The Asian country is home to a new lunar period that will last until January 31, 2022.

Chinese New Year holidays range from February 11-17. However, celebrations can take place for 16 days. Before they could even last up to 23 days! What’s the Ox bringing this year? What are the celebrations like? And how could it affect your company’s hardware imports?

Year of the Ox 2021, what is this animal like?

According to the Chinese Horoscope, each lunar year corresponds to an animal based on the 12-year cycle. In order they are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. In addition, each of them is associated with one of the 5 elements: gold (metal), wood, water, fire and earth. Therefore, this 2021 is the year of the Gold or Metal Ox. It hasn’t happened for 60 years! Specifically, since 1961.

Did you know that those under this sign stand out for being hardworking and very active people? The ox is known in China for its diligence, reliability and strength. He also has a lot of determination and a pure nature with strong ideals and ambitions in all aspects of his life.

Honest, sincere, orderly, austere, discreet, humble, talented, friendly and very close to his family. They never seek public recognition and always work as a team for a common goal. There are few qualities and attributes associated with the animal for which China and part of the Asian continent will rule this year. It should be remembered that the celebration of the Chinese New Year is becoming more and more important outside the borders of this country.

What is done during the Chinese New Year celebration?

The celebrations begin on the eve of the new lunar cycle and do so with the Lantern Festival. The houses are prepared, cleaned, decorated and made beautiful for this occasion. In the following days, citizens meet with their relatives for dinner and various recreational activities.

On the other hand, the virtues of those who were born or will be born under the influence of this sign are shown. According to the Chinese Horoscope they correspond to the years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and, now, 2021.

 Elements of good luck during this lunar cycle

Very superstitious, the inhabitants of China take for this year as good luck numbers the 1, 4, 14 and 41. As for the colors, white, yellow and green are the graceful. They are the ones that will be seen the most in business doors and entrances of houses.

Tulip and peach blossom also attract health and fortune. The north and south mark the right path. The 7th and 9th months of the Chinese lunar calendar will be the ones to undertake something new, especially in the professional field.

Count on IBMH to prevent Chinese New Year festivities from interfering with your hardware imports

The celebration of the New Chinese Year is another clear example of the cultural differences between the West and the East. In other words, it is another aspect to consider when importing hardware from China.

The factories stop for a few days. The custom of many workers is to return to their hometowns. However, this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the authorities have advised staying in regular homes and limiting contact with family and friends. Especially in the Shanghai, Beijing, Zhejiang, Tianjin, Hebei, Guangdong and Jiangsu regions.

So that the festivities of the next Chinese New Year do not affect your imports, the best thing you can do is to have a team that resides there and that knows firsthand its culture and the operation of factories and suppliers. IBMH is just what you need! Do you have a shipment for which you need to check the quality, or factories that you would like us to visit to track the production lines of your product? With IBMH you’ll be sure that your imports of furniture hardware and construction from China are successfully and with maximum profitability. Contact us today!