Wednesday, January 12 2022
CHINATOWN, Manhattan (WABC) – The 22nd New York Lunar New Year Celebratory Firecracker Festival kicks off the Year of the Ox!

The celebration takes place at the American Legion Kimlau Memorial Square in Chatham Square near East Broadway in Chinatown.

The festival lasts around 40 days, and in China, the country observes a seven-day state holiday.

The Chinese zodiac, a system that has existed in Chinese culture for over 2,000 years, dictates which animal represents a given year.

The cycle repeats every 12 years and 2021 is the Year of the Ox.

Different characteristics are assigned to each animal, which is traditionally used to determine fortune.

Beef, for example, is associated with hard work and serenity, according to Associated Press.

Here are the 12 zodiac animals in order with the years that accompany them:

  • 2022: Year of the Tiger
  • 2023: year of the rabbit
  • 2024: Year of the Dragon
  • 2025: Year of the Snake
  • 2026: Year of the Horse
  • 2027: Year of the Goat
  • 2028: Year of the Monkey
  • 2029: Year of the Rooster
  • 2030: Year of the Dog
  • 2031: Year of the Pig
  • 2032: Year of the Rat
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