HOLMDEL, NJ - Happy New Year! The Chinese New Year... The Year of the Ox!

2021 is the Year of the Ox and it is celebrated worldwide. It is also celebrated in Holmdel - and celebrated it was. The Jersey Shore Chinese School provided a virtual celebration of this important day for not only the Chinese culture and community but the world community. For all members of the community, the celebration embraces the beauty of our differences as well as what we all share as Americans.

The virtual event was noted by dignitaries from the Township and School Board. Mayor Greg Buontempo and Holmdel Board of Education President Victoria Flynn congratulated the work of the Jersey Shore Chinese School and sent wishes for a Happy New Year to all. Other elected officials were present as well.

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The Jersey Shore Chinese School is a welcoming community who has shown for so many years the value of bringing people together to celebrate life, to celebrate the next generation with their time and their talents. They are one of the priceless gems who utilize the Satz School in Holmdel Township for their programs.

According to their Facebook page, The Jersey Shore Chinese School (新海中文學校) is a non-profit organization, which is open to the public. JSCS was founded in 1979 with the objective of promoting an understanding of Chinese language, culture and arts. JSCS has been located at William R. Satz School of Holmdel since 1989. The school offers various classes in Chinese language for students with different levels of proficiency. Mandarin is the main instructional language in all language classes, including those offered for non-Mandarin speaking children and adults. In addition to the language classes, the school provides students with a variety of cultural programs such as Tai-Chi, Chinese painting and calligraphy, Chinese folk dance, Chinese Arts & Craft , Multi-Media Painting, Chinese Yo-Yo, Chinese chess, Ping-pong, Fun Sports Club, Pami Kol Self Defense Martial Arts, lion dance, and Chinese instruments like Er-Hu and bamboo flute.

According to the Chinese Horoscope 2021 published by thechinesezodiac.org we are celebrating the Year of the Metal Ox. So, what's in store for you during the Year of the Ox?

The Ox is the second out of the twelve zodiac signs: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The Year of the Metal Ox comes right after the Year of the Metal Rat (2020) and before the Year of the Water Tiger (2022)!

The years of the Ox in the Chinese Horoscope are: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and 2021.

According to the ChineseZodiak.org, "This year is going to be lucky and also perfect to focus on relationships, whether we are talking about friendships or love. In the Chinese Zodiac, the Ox is very hardworking and methodical. 2021 is going to be a year when work will get rewarded, and those zodiac signs who are lucky in terms of money this year will be the ones that will make a considerable effort. The Yin energy, specific to the Chinese zodiac sign of Ox, will be quite poignant. This is going to be a year when we will fully feel the weight of our responsibilities, a year when it is necessary to double our efforts to accomplish anything at all.The Yin energy, specific to the Chinese zodiac sign of Ox, will be quite poignant. This is going to be a year when we will fully feel the weight of our responsibilities, a year when it is necessary to double our efforts to accomplish anything at all. Since this is a Metal year, for the second successive year, the color of 2021 is going to be white. Besides white, we have the lucky colors of the Ox: yellow and green, colors that, in Feng Shui, attract prosperity and success. To increase your luck, wear metal accessories. This year, no explosive or catastrophic events will occur, so it is a favorable year for economic recovery or consolidation, a year of long-term investments (especially for creating a reserve stock for the coming unproductive years)."

The Year of the Ox, we are counting on  you!

READ MORE TAPinto Previous Chinese New Year news HERE: Holmdel's Jersey Shore Chinese School (新海中文學校) Welcomes Community in Chinese New Year Celebration.