On February 12, 2021 the Chinese New Year
begins and 2021 is the Year of the (Metal) Ox. The New Year is celebrated for
16 days and ends with the Lantern
Women Oxen are traditional, faithful wives, who attach great importance to their children's education. There are five types of Ox: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water. This year falls under the Metal Ox and their traits also include hardworking, active, always busy, and popular among friends. For more information go to: https://tinyurl.com/y45om4jm
According to the Chinese people born in the Year of the Ox have the following personality traits:
Oxen are known for diligence, dependability, strength,
and determination. Having an honest nature. They are strongly patriotic, have
ideals and ambitions for life, and attach importance to family and work. These
reflect traditional conservative characteristics.
The Ox and the Ant - Bulgaria
Then the Lord turned to the ant. "To work forever and never see the fruits of your labor!" To remember their sentence well, the Lord ordered the ox to step on the ant and walk on its back. Then the ox's hooves split as the back of the ant began to narrow. Up to that point, the ox's hooves were as full as the horse's, and the back of the ant was not as narrow and thin as it is today. And so now the ox still feeds all of us, because with such a destiny God has blessed it. And people should eat three times a day and the food will not benefit the one who eats more than three times a day. The ant would have been so huge if the ox had not crushed it so much, breaking the hoof on her back.
Babe the Blue Ox –
The Cart Without
Oxen – Costa Rica
The Cowherd and
the Weaver Girl - China
The Ox and the
Frog – Aesop
The Ox of the
Wonderful Horns - Zimbabwe
The Ox Who Never
Envied the Pig - Jakarta
The Oxen and the
Butchers - Aesop
The Oxen and the
Pig - Jakarta
The Straw Ox - Ukraine
Interesting background articles to help round out your storytelling program.
How Oxen Plowed
the Way for Social Inequality
cow and bull in folklore imagery and tales
The Tale of the Ox
Paper Cup Ox
Projects for the Year of the Ox
Year of the Ox
Alphabet Letter X
Ox Theme: Preschool Lesson Plan with printable activities and worksheets.
Ox-Cart Man – The curriculum
is based on the book and is designed for grades
2 -3. This lesson received the 2020 Curriculum Gold Award of Excellence from the National Association of Economic Educators.
Below are previous blog posts I wrote for the Chinese New Year. You will find useful background information to augment your Chinese New Year programs.
Year of the Fire
Gung Hay Fat Choy
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