Iloilo Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year is always celebrated in the City of Love. Officially known as the ‘Chinese New Year’, it is a festival celebrating the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunar calendar. In Chinese and East Asian countries, the festival is referred to as the ‘Spring Festival’ – starting with ‘lichun’, the first of the twenty-four solar terms. It marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China. According to the Chinese New Year website, the 2021 celebration will fall on February 12, Friday, and will culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 26. The year 2021 will be the year of the Ox.
In Iloilo, the Chinese New Year celebration is spearheaded by the Iloilo City Government, together with the Iloilo Festivals Foundation Inc., the Chinese New Year Task Force, and Hua Siong College of Iloilo, supporting the Filipino-Chinese community in the City of Love.
2021 is the Year of the Ox
On the same website, the Ox is referred to as the second of all zodiac animals. It is associated with the Earthly Branch and the hours 01 to 03 in the morning. In terms of the yin and the yang, the Ox is the Yang.
“According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal,” an excerpt from an article published on the Chinese New Year website.
Oxen are hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, but never demanding praise, says the website. In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal.
Here is a forecast for those born in the year of the Ox.
Metal (1961, 2021): These Oxen face obstacles early on, although there are no financial worries. Friends and family aren’t much help, but they will be able to enjoy a comfortable retirement.
Water (1973, 2033): These Oxen have a comfortable early life and are respected their entire life. They will have a loving family, but it’s recommended to marry late.
Wood (1925, 1985): These Oxen are multitalented and live like a breeze. There are some difficulties in the beginning, but everything smooths out.
Fire (1937, 1997): These Oxen are friendly and social. There are no financial worries for their entire life.
Earth (1949, 2009): These Oxen are detailed and like being the leader. They’re usually are make a lot of money, but can’t seem to hold onto it. However, they are able to slow down and enjoy their later years.
Chinese New Year in Iloilo City. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in a social media post, describes the relationship of Iloilo City and the Chinese community in the metro through the ‘Filipino-Chinese Friendship Arch’ located in Iznart Street in downtown Iloilo.
Launched by the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Iloilo (FCCCI) at the beginning of 2012 as the organization’s centennial project that pays tribute to the strong relationship between the city government and the Chinese-Ilonggo community.
“As we celebrate the Chinese New Year, let us recognize our strong partnership with the Chinese community that had helped create a better living environment for the Ilonggos,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.