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Chinese Zodiac Year Chart   For Famous Celebrities and their Zodiac Signs, click here.


In traditional China, the calendar is based on the lunar year, so the new year varies from anywhere between January and February.  A popular folk method which reflected this cyclical method of recording years are the Twelve Animal Signs. Every year is assigned an animal name or "sign" according to a repeating cycle: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Therefore, every twelve years the same animal name or "sign" would reappear.

Those who are born between January and February will need to take special care in the calculation of their zodiac sign.  To get the exact zodiac year, see the date range as shown below.

 

OX

1901

1913

1925

1937

1949

1961

1973

1985

1997

2009

TIGER

1902

1914

1926

1938

1950

1962

1974

1986

1998

2010

RABBIT

1903

1915

1927

1939

1951

1963

1975

1987

1999

2011

DRAGON

1904

1916

1928

1940

1952

1964

1976

1988

2000

2012

SNAKE

1905

1917

1929

1941

1953

1965

1977

1989

2001

2013

HORSE

1906

1918

1930

1942

1954

1966

1978

1990

2002

2014

SHEEP

1907

1919

1931

1943

1955

1967

1979

1991

2003

2015

MONKEY

1908

1920

1932

1944

1956

1968

1980

1992

2004

2016

ROOSTER

1909

1921

1933

1945

1957

1969

1981

1993

2005

2017

DOG

1910

1922

1934

1946

1958

1970

1982

1994

2006

2018

PIG

1911

1923

1935

1947

1959

1970

1983

1995

2007

2019

RAT

1900

1912

1924

1936

1948

1960

1972

1984

1996

2008

YEAR OF THE DRAGON YEAR OF THE SNAKE


 

Positive Character Traits:

Intelligent, enthusiastic, brave

Negative Character Traits:
Easily tricked, likes to gossip

Most Compatible with:
Rat, Snake, Monkey, Rooster


 

Positive Character Traits:

Romantic, wise, strong intuition

Negative Character Traits:
Vain, stingy when it comes to money

Most Compatible with:
Ox and Rooster

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YEAR OF THE HORSE YEAR OF THE SHEEP


 


Positive Character Traits:

Hardworking, cheerful, popular

Negative Character Traits:
Rarely listens to advice, can be a chatterbox

Most Compatible with:
Tigers, Dogs, Sheep





Positive Character Traits:

Elegant, artistic, compassionate

Negative Character Traits:
First to complain about something, pessimistic

Most Compatible with:
Rabbit, Pig, Horse

 
YEAR OF THE MONKEY YEAR OF THE ROOSTER


 

Positive Character Traits:

Witty, inventive, good memory

Negative Character Traits:
Gets discouraged easily if faced with difficulties, can be distrustful of others

Most Compatible with:
Dragon and Rat


 

Positive Character Traits:

Deep thinker, confident, determined

Negative Character Traits:
Can be a bit of a loner, can be very outspoken

Most Compatible with:
Ox, Snake, Dragon

YEAR OF THE DOG YEAR OF THE PIG


 

Positive Character Traits:
Loyal, honest, can keep a secret

Negative Character Traits:
Sharp tongue, hard on others

Most Compatible with:
Horse, Tiger, Rabbit


 

Positive Character Traits:

Tolerant, determined, kind to loved ones

Negative Character Traits:
Can be a bit materialistic, overly trusting

Most Compatible with:
Rabbits and Sheep

YEAR OF THE RAT YEAR OF THE OX




Positive Character Traits:
Charming and ambitious

Negative Character Traits:
Short-tempered and sometimes sneaky

Most Compatible with:
Dragon, Monkey, Ox

 



Positive Character Traits:
Dependable, trust-worthy, patient

Negative Character Traits:
Stubborn, hot-tempered in an argument

Most Compatible with:
Snake, Rooster, Rat

YEAR OF THE TIGER YEAR OF THE RABBIT




Positive Character Traits:

Caring, thoughtful, courageous

Negative Character Traits:
Rebellious against authority, makes hasty decisions

Most Compatible with:
Horse, Dragon, Dog





 

Positive Character Traits:
Kind, gentle, naturally lucky, even-tempered

Negative Character Traits:
Overly sentimental

Most Compatible with:
Sheep, Pig, Dog

 

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