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Chinese New Year: Which Chinese zodiac sign are you? What does it mean?

Chinese New Year: Which Chinese zodiac sign are you? What does it mean? 1

This year, Chinese New Year will usher in the Year of the Rat. The Chinese zodiac is represented by 12 animals, with the year ahead determined by the animal in prominence for that year.

Which Chinese zodiac sign are you?

In order, the zodiac animals are: rat (鼠—shǔ), ox (牛—niú), tiger (虎—hǔ), rabbit (兔—tù), dragon (龙—lóng), snake (蛇—shé), horse (马—mǎ), goat (羊—yang), monkey (猴—hóu), rooster (鸡—jī), dog (狗—gǒu), and pig (猪—zhū).

The zodiac cycle repeats every 12 years, making it easy to figure out whether it’s your year- just check if your age is a multiple of 12!

Below are the 12 zodiac animals in order with accompanying years.

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  • Rat – 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
  • Ox – 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
  • Tiger – 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
  • Rabbit – 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
  • Dragon – 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
  • Snake – 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
  • Horse – 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
  • Goat – 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
  • Monkey – 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
  • Rooster – 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
  • Dog – 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
  • Pig – 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

The years above are a rough guide; bear in mind that if you were born in January or February it may be slightly different as the new year moves between January 21 and February 20.

What does your Chinese zodiac sign mean?

In Chinese astrology, the 12 animal zodiac signs each have unique characteristics.

  • Rat: Intelligence, adaptability, quick-wit, charm, artistry, gregariousness
  • Ox: Loyalty, reliability, thoroughness, strength, reasonability, steadiness, determination
  • Tiger: Enthusiasm, courage, ambition, leadership, confidence, charisma
  • Rabbit: Trustworthiness, empathy, modesty, diplomacy, sincerity, sociability
  • Dragon: Luckiness, flexibility, eccentricity, imagination, artistry, spirituality, charisma
  • Snake: Philosophical, organised, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive
  • Horse: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong
  • Sheep: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm
  • Monkey: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart
  • Rooster: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident
  • Dog: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart
  • Pig: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable
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