The Year of the Ox is a Chinese celebration that resembles the Western New Year. It’s a unique way of celebrating the New Year.
There are 12 zodiacal signs in the Chinese calendar, and every animal corresponds to an entire year.
2021 was the Year of the Ox, and Instagram (along with other social media platforms) decided to celebrate it.
Instagram added a new story and stickers related to this celebration, which users could use for a time.
Keep reading on Instagram to learn more about the Year of the OX!
What Is the Year of the Ox in the Chinese Calendar?
According to the Chinese calendar, the new year begins on the second full moon in February. That’s when winter ends and spring begins.
As for the Ox, it symbolizes an astrological sign, and every year has its animal. In total, there are 12 zodiac animal signs:
The Ox is the second zodiac sign in the Chinese Calendar, and it signifies stability, hard work, discipline, and humbleness.
The way this works is simple. When the Year of the Pig (the last zodiac sign in the calendar) ends, it begins anew with the Year of the Rat.
Every zodiac sign will repeat itself every 12 years. So, the Year of the Ox will come again in 12 years, 2033.
How Did Instagram Celebrate the Year of the Ox?
They added a new story bubble named “Year of the Ox.” You could play it and see all sorts of information about the Chinese New Year celebration.
Then, there are the Year of the Ox stickers that Instagram had added.
Instagram users could use these stickers to add to their stories and grandly celebrate the Chinese New Year.
You can’t find those stickers anymore because they were only available until February 17th.
But there are several Chinese New Year stickers available even now.
To find them, go to:
- Instagram Story
When you open Instagram, look up. You’ll see three icons there. Click on the one to the left, the Plus icon.
You’ll open a new menu with four options – Post, Story, Reel, and Live.
Tap on “Story” and continue with the next step.
- Choose a photo or take one
You can choose a photo in your Gallery or take one immediately on this screen. You decide.
To take a new photo, tap on the “Camera” button to the left. After you do this, you’ll get to the next stage.
- Tap on the “Stickers” icon
After you take a picture, look up. You’ll see three icons there. Look for the Smiley icon. It should be the second one.
That’s your “Stickers” option. Tap on it to open the Stickers menu.
- Look for “Chinese New Year” stickers
After you open the “Stickers” option, you’ll be connected to Giphy. Here, you can look for any sticker available on the platform.
Type in “Chinese New Year” and find the stickers you need.
Several Chinese New Year stickers are around, and you may even find some Year of the Ox stickers there.
Tap on one of them, and you’ll be able to use it in your story!
The Year of the Ox event on Instagram celebrated the Chinese New Year, which follows a special calendar.
2021 was the Year of the Ox according to the Chinese calendar, and millions of people around the world have celebrated it.
Instagram and Facebook decided to join the fun and create stickers and stories with the Year of the Ox.
According to the Chinese calendar, 2022 will be the Year of the Tiger. Instagram has already added several stickers related to this!