Printable Coloring Pages for the Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Ox

Updated on July 9, 2020
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Adele has been a youth services librarian for 25 years. She has been a mother to a daughter from China for 20 years.

See below for links to 16 coloring sheets for the Year of the Ox.
See below for links to 16 coloring sheets for the Year of the Ox.

Year of the Ox in the Chinese Zodiac

In 2021, the Chinese new year begins on Friday, February 12. It is designated as the Year of the Ox. 2033 is the next Year of the Ox. The ox is highly valued in Chinese culture, especially because it has been such a helpmate in agriculture. Many positive characteristics are associated with it, including those of being hardworking and honest.

The ox is the 2nd animal in the Chinese Zodiac, and every 12th year is named for this hard-working animal. People born in the year of the ox are thought to be honest, earnest, and persistent. They think before they talk, think logically, and make good leaders. Sometimes they can seem too quiet or too stubborn.

How Can I Print These Coloring Pages?

These coloring pages are all sized for paper that measures 8.5" X 11". At the end of each section, you will see an orange link to a .pdf document that contains the templates for all the sheets pictured in that section. The first link has all the documents that are in landscape orientation, and the second has similar designs in portrait orientation. If you want to print only one page of the templates, be sure to select that page specifically in your printing menu.

Celebrate the Year of the Ox With These Educational Coloring Sheets

All of these printable Year of the Ox coloring sheets are designed for young children including preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school kids. Some of the ox images are my own designs, while the others are sourced from Pixabay or purchased under license from istock.com. Permission is granted to print them for personal, classroom, or library use but not for commercial use.

A note about the Chinese characters you see: The Chinese character on the lanterns in the illustrations is the character for "ox." The Chinese phrases say "Happy New Year!" The phrase is spelled out in pinyin (which is a system that uses English letters to indicate how the words are pronounced) and then repeated using Chinese characters.

If you click on my name above, you will find additional articles with educational printables including lucky red envelopes, bookmarks, and other craft projects.

Year of the Ox Coloring Sheets: Landscape Orientation

The first eight coloring sheets are in landscape orientation. Click on the thumbnail pictures below to see a larger sample of each type of coloring sheet that is available. If you prefer portrait orientation coloring pages, you’ll want to scroll down to the next orange link.

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Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 1—Round Ox—LandscapeYear of the Ox Coloring Sheet 2—Ox in  Circle—LandscapeYear of the Ox Coloring Sheet 3—Square Ox—LandscapeYear of the Ox Coloring Sheet 4—Doodle Ox—LandscapeYear of the Ox Coloring Sheet 5—Line Drawing Ox—LandscapeYear of the Ox Coloring Sheet 6—Cartoon Ox—LandscapeYear of the Ox Coloring Sheet  7—Ox with Black Circle Background—LandscapeYear of the Ox Coloring Sheet 8 - Ox Drawing - Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 1—Round Ox—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 1—Round Ox—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 2—Ox in  Circle—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 2—Ox in Circle—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 3—Square Ox—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 3—Square Ox—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 4—Doodle Ox—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 4—Doodle Ox—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 5—Line Drawing Ox—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 5—Line Drawing Ox—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 6—Cartoon Ox—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 6—Cartoon Ox—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet  7—Ox with Black Circle Background—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 7—Ox with Black Circle Background—Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 8 - Ox Drawing - Landscape
Year of the Ox Coloring Sheet 8 - Ox Drawing - Landscape

Year of the Ox Coloring Sheets: Portrait Orientation

These next 8 coloring sheets are in portrait orientation. Click on the thumbnail pictures below to see a larger sample of each type of coloring sheet that is available. If you need landscape orientation coloring pages, you’ll want to scroll up to the previous orange link.

Portrait Orientation Coloring Pages

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Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 1—Round OxYear of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 2—Ox in CircleYear of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 3—Ox in SquaresYear of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 4—Ox DoodleYear of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 5—Ox Line DrawingYear of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 6—Cartoon OxYear of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 7—Ox with Black Circle BackgroundYear of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 8—Ox Drawing
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 1—Round Ox
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 1—Round Ox
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 2—Ox in Circle
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 2—Ox in Circle
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 3—Ox in Squares
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 3—Ox in Squares
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 4—Ox Doodle
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 4—Ox Doodle
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 5—Ox Line Drawing
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 5—Ox Line Drawing
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 6—Cartoon Ox
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 6—Cartoon Ox
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 7—Ox with Black Circle Background
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 7—Ox with Black Circle Background
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 8—Ox Drawing
Year of the Ox—Portrait Sheet 8—Ox Drawing

Additional Facts About the Year of the Ox

  • Generally, the years designated as Years of the Ox include 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, and 2033. Since these years are calculated according to a lunar calendar, the first day of the new year changes each year. For instance, a baby born in 2021 but before February 12th is still considered to have been born in the previous zodiac year, the Year of the Rat.
  • The recommended occupations for those born during a Year of the Ox are teacher, doctor, lawyer, technician, and office clerk.
  • In addition to celebrating the animals of the zodiac in a 12-year cycle, the Chinese also recognize 5 different sets of cycles: wood, fire, earth, gold, and water. 2020, for instance, is the Year of the Metal Ox. Metal oxen can face trouble early on, but they will become prosperous later on, according to traditional Chinese lore.
  • Oxen are most compatible with rats, snakes, and roosters. However, they can clash with goats, horses, and dogs.
  • For oxen, lucky colors include blue, yellow, and green. Lucky numbers include 1 and 4. They have lucky flowers, too: lily of the valley and lucky bamboo.
  • The only animal that precedes the ox in the zodiac is the rat. The ox is followed by the tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig—in that order.

Famous People Born in a Year of the Ox

  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Barack Obama
  • Walt Disney
  • Wayne Gretsky
  • Rosa Parks

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