Your birth year will determine your Chinese Zodiac animal. When calculating what is your Chinese Zodiac animal, you should keep in mind that the Chinese Zodiac is based on the beginning of the year in the Chinese calendar, not the regular calendar year. At this point you should know that the beginning of the year in the Chinese calendar varies from year-to-year and often falls in late January or early February.
If your birthday falls in the early January or in the new year right before the beginning of the Chinese New Year in February, you may find out about the personality attributes related with the previous year’s Zodiac to see if it fits you or not.
Read on about the 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs and their personality attributes and/or meanings:
YEAR OF THE RAT
(1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020)
Those born in the listed years are good friends, charming, and well adaptable in every social situation, so they are quite popular among friends. They are tempered, critical people and are extremely good in business. Rats always have vivid imagination, many ideas and unique intellectual features, which is why they can use the given opportunities that others don’t even notice. Rats are known as opportunists.
YEAR OF THE OX
(1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021)
For these people we usually say that they are ‘strong as an ox’. This is due to their uncanny ability to face and manage most types of circumstances. This means that they can deal with their responsibilities methodically and earn much respect for their confidence and great capabilities.
However, on the other hand, sometimes they are prone to being chauvinists and are also very demanding people. They are determined to defend their own interests to the extremes. In addition they have an admirable sense of duty, which sometimes resultswith a less passionate or exciting personal life although very much stable. However these people are known to be consistently faithful to their families and partners.
YEAR OF THE TIGER
(1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022)
Tiger people are sensitive and emotional which makes them great lovers and partners. They are always looking for balance between their strongly competitive nature and domineering with their great need for love. They are confident and critics may depress or leave them shaken. These people are often restless. The tigers often come back stronger after negative situations, and they face every challenge with courage, which is a attribute of a lider.
YEAR OF THE RABBIT/HARE
(1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023)
Rabbit people are affectionate, pleasant, and polite. They prefer to stay out of disputes, controversies, or mini-quarrels. Although unintentional, they tend to forget about their loved ones’ needs without them realizing it. Fun can distract them. Also, these people are intellectual, quiet and conservative. Some people may think of them as shallow because of their overly sentimental traits, but they can be very loving. They often require security in all their relationships.
YEAR OF THE DRAGON
(1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024)
These people are having enormous energy and are very charismatic. They are very intelligent and talented. They don’t follow the rules that should lead them to the right path, but they make their own one. Sometimes dragon people are loud. Their perfectionism makes them demanding in the eyes of others, and they are known to be eager for success. Dragons people like challenging situations to prove their capability and talent. They are always interested in some new adventure, but not so in relationships.
YEAR OF THE SNAKE
(1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025)
These people are known to be profound thinkers. In addition they possess great wisdom. Also they are willing to work imperceptibly in order to achieve their goals discreetly without anyone realizing it. People born in the Year of the Snake also have a very charming and romantic side. They usually seek elegance in their relationships.
On the other hand, these people are prone jealousy.They usually seem like loners and they tend to be secretive from time to time. Finally you should know that Snake people, in most of the cases, appreciate and prefer solitude.
YEAR OF THE HORSE
(1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026)
Horse people commit to success and hard work if they don’t see the job as beneath them. These people can explode in their tempers and become impulsive, especially in love. Also, they are not regarded as good team players because they prefer independent work. Their desire for independence may make them egoists but their strong intellect and excellent verbal skills help them in social situations. They can be popular.
YEAR OF THE RAM
(1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027)
These people are charmers and are very liked in the society, but sometimes they are reserved. Ram people are sensitive, kind and sympathetic people who like nature, culture and art, which means they are creative and artistic people. The negative side of them says that they are often complaining about discomfort in their body, which means they are often way too pessimistic. When it comes to relationships, the ram people are fine as long as they feel safe.
YEAR OF THE MONKEY
(1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028)
Monkey people are extremely energetic and intelligent, and they possess magnetic aura that attracts people very fast. They are eccentrics due to their quite appealing features, and like to chatter. They have the power to make every tense situation in a humorous one, but their jokes often make them untrustworthy in the eyes of others. They are often restless and full of energy, which make them problems when choosing the direction of their carrier. Monkey people are good in dynamic surroundings with many changes.
YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
(1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029)
People born in the Year of the Rooster have great sense of industry and diligence when it comes to work.Also these people easily express their opinions, because they think they have every right to do share it. In addition, often they want to be in the center of attention. They often display an attention-grabbing garb and style. They usually get the attention that they want.
Despite their sometimes frustrating demands, these people have many friends. In addition they can be very loyal and genuine in their relationships. Due to their high standards, the Rooster people often tend to achieve great success in their chosen careers.
YEAR OF THE DOG
(1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030)
These people are very honest and loyal in their relationships. They are putting a lot of effort and give their whole heart and soul towards achieving some goal in their career or even their hobby. They are very fair and righteous which makes them very bad in solving complex situations. They like to criticize and belong in the group of people with ‘sharp tongues’. They are very good friends and love partners because they are loyal and trustworthy. They always tend to have good, long-lasting relationship, which means that they are loyal for life if they find the right partner.
YEAR OF THE PIG
(1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031)
People born in the Year of the Pig are tolerant, kind, sincere, and intellectually strong, which makes them good in rich conversations. They go after challenging goals and achieve them at the end. Social harmony is highly important to them; they overlook people’s faults and see only the best in people. Pigs have a sense of humor and are witty, but they expect the same good traits in others. They deeply cherish family or home life.