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Chinese New Year Signs


The Signs of the Chinese New Year Calendar and find out which animal your birth year represents and what characteristics you may have.

In the Chinese New Year each person is given the sign of an animal for his or her specific year of birth. Listed below are each animal in the Chinese Lunar Calendar with a brief description of characteristics that the person may have.


Boars: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007.
People born in the year of the Boar are tolerant of others and honest. They make great friends. However they expect the same from others and can be disappointed when their expectations are not met. Boars make great entertainers and artists. The year of the boar is sometimes also known as the year of the pig.


Dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006.
People born in the year of the Dog are faithful and honest to their loved ones. However they do tend to worry and find fault. Dogs make great lawyers and business people.



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Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000.
People born in the year of the Dragon are full of life and enthusiastic. They are popular and fun loving. Dragons make great artists and politicians.


Horse: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002.
People born in the year of the Horse are hard workers who like their independence. They are friendly and intelligent. However they can sometimes be selfish. Horses make great poets and scientists.


Monkey: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004.
People born in the year of the Monkey are intelligent and popular. Monkeys succeed in any field and career of their choosing.


Ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997.
People born in the year of the Ox are born leaders who inspire confidence. They are often good with their hands. However they can be too demanding and methodical. Oxen make great surgeons and hairdressers.


Rabbit: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999.
People born in the year of the Rabbit are affectionate, pleasant and co-operative. They have lots of friends; though can appear superficial and sentimental. Rabbits make great lawyers, diplomats and actors.


Rat: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996.
People born in the year of the Rat will be imaginative, charming and generous, especially to their loved ones. However they can also be quick tempered and over critical. Rats make great writers, publicists and critics.


Rooster: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005.
People born in the year of the Rooster are hard workers. They tend to speak their minds. However this can be seen as boastful. Roosters love to travel. They make great restaurant owners.


Sheep: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003.
People born in the year of the Sheep are charming, artistic and elegant. They like their home comforts. However they do like to complain and worry. Sheep make great actors and gardeners.


Snake: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001.
People born in the year of the Snake are romantics. They are wise, deep thinking and charming. However they can appear stingy and can dismiss others too quickly. Snakes make great teachers and psychiatrists.


Tiger: 1926, 1939, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998.
People born in the year of the Tiger are bold and adventurous. They like to take risks and often act without thinking. They have plenty of charm and initiative. Tigers make great bosses, racing drivers and explorers.


Why Are Chinese Years Named After Animals


If you have ever wondered the question why are Chinese years named after animals then read below for the answer:

The legend behind the Chinese calendar year having an animal named after it stems from when Buddha was above to depart Earth. Before he did so he asked all the animals to come and see him before he departed. Twelve animals came to see him and Buddha honoured each animal with a year.

Another legend surrounding the Chinese New Year is that the cat and rat agreed to go to see Buddha together, but the rat did not wake up the cat in the morning of the meeting. The cat missed seeing Buddha and does not have a year named after him. That is supposed to be why cats do not like rats!


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