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Year of the Ox 2021, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 Chinese Zodiac Ox

Exploring Chinese Zodiacs

by: Katelyn

      Ever wondered how Chinese zodiacs work? Is it even true, or merely just an ancient Chinese myth passed down for centuries? The origins of this tradition were based on an old legend, when the Buddha called all the animals for a great celebration one day. However, only 12 animals responded to Buddha’s invitation: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig. To honor them, Buddha decided to dedicate one year from the calendar to each of these animals. 

      Unlike western astrology in America, the Chinese zodiac sign depends rather on the year than on the month that one was born in. So, the Chinese people believe that for every period of time, all the people who were born in the same year share similar main character traits. In fact, the legend indicates a connection between one’s birth year/corresponding animal and their inner personality.

     Those born in 2009, you’re in luck this year! According to the Chinese zodiac calendar, you will have great fortune in your life during 2021. Now, it’s time to see if the Chinese zodiac is indeed accurate or just a myth. As it is soon to be the year of the Ox, this animal is described as a born leader and a great practical thinker. The Chinese zodiac believes that you, who were born in 2009, are ruled by your head and achieved great accomplishments through hard graft. Unlike the western image of a bull in a china shop, the Chinese Ox is more refined, which means that you have a fine eye for the smaller details. In addition, oxen are honorable creatures and have a strong moral code. Not only that, but you are loyal and protective of those dearest to you and would rather work out problems in private, even if that takes time. The most compatible match as a friend for an Ox is the Snake or the Rooster. To those who were born in 2009, did we accurately guess your personality? 

     For the rest of you out there, check out https://www.astrology.com/chinese-zodiac to find your zodiac animal and see if it matches your personality!


Snowflakes, Sugar, and Burnt Pie

By Diya


Small snowflakes coat the ground,

They’re falling from the sky.

Similar to the powdered sugar,

On my mother’s newly burnt pie.


This winter’s been crazy,

That much is true.

But I sink my teeth into the charcoal crust

And think about all the good times too.


Time spent with family

Instead of useless worries.

Snuggling up with hot cocoa,

Watching the winter flurries.


That doesn’t mean this year was easy.

No, not at all.

But we can look at the silver lining,

The pristine coating of white snow.


The powdered sugar

on my mom’s burnt pie.