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     According to Chinese zodiac, 2016 is the Year of Monkey ( Red Fire Monkey) starting from February 8, 2016 (the Lunar Chinese New Year or Chinese Spring Festival) and lasting to January 27, 2017.

    2017 is the year of Rooster  (Fire Rooster) starting from January 28, 2017 and lasting to February 15, 2018.

    Chinese zodiac (生肖 - shēngxiào) is based on a twelve year cycle, each year in the cycle related to an animal sign. Each one has his own animal sign according to his year of the birth (calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar). Start to find your Chinese zodiac animal by using our Chinese zodiac sign calculator above. Just select your Gregorian date of birth and you'll get your birthday on Chinese lunar calendar together with your Chinese zodiac sign.

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    12 Chinese Zodiac Animal Signs and Years Chart

    The Chinese Zodiac consists of twelve animal signs. People under different signs have unique characters and fortune. You can find out your animal signs quickly according to the zodiac years chart below. Also, by clicking the following animal links, you can learn detailed information about the personality traits, lucky numbers, colors, compatible animals of persons under different signs. And peek your horoscope of Career, Wealth, Love and Health in 2016, the year of Monkey.

     

    • 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008 2020 2032

      Rat
    • 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009 2021 2033

      Ox
    • 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010 2022 2034

      Tiger
    • 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011 2023 2035

      Rabbit
    • 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012 2024 2036

      Dragon
    • 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013 2025 2037

      Snake
    • 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014 2026 2038

      Horse
    • 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015 2027 2039

      Sheep
    • 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016 2028

      Monkey
    • 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017 2029

      Rooster
    • 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018 2030

      Dog
    • 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019 2031

      Pig

    Origin and Culture of Chinese Zodiac

    It's a mystery that which country created the zodiac first. According to the historical literature, the 12 animals in China used today including the animal selection and their orders were originated in the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD). The order of the animals is most explained with a folk-tale about how the animals were summoned to heaven by the Jade Emperor who ruled the heavens of China.

     

    Why is the Chinese zodiac system so important to the Chinese? As an important part of the traditional Chinese Culture, the Chinese Zodiac culture has long been recognized, accepted, taken by consensus and penetrated into the daily lives of the Chinese people. Everyone, from the date of birth, has his unique animal sign accompanying him with the life long time. It is the birth symbol and mascot with different symbolic meanings for each one affecting their behaviors, characters and destiny. People show their strong belief in fortune and luck through the animal signs. As each animal sign has unique personality traits, the Chinese people like to predict people’s relations and more according to this. For example, when finding their mates, Chinese people hope to find the person with the animal sign that compatible with his best. Also the zodiac provides guidance on how people live their lives. For example, according to Chinese astrology, in different animal years, people under different signs should pay attention to different things in order to go smoothly in the year. All in all, the Chinese zodiac is an important component of China's ancient culture, reflecting the rich psychology of the Chinese people vividly.

    Chinese Zodiac Compatibility

    Different people born under each animal sign have different characters. Ancient Chinese people calculated the compatibility for love between animals based on this. Nowadays, many people are keen on checking compatibilities to gain guidance in life, for love or for marriage although there is no scientific evidence. If you are interested in this, test the compatibility between you and your partner by using our tool below to test or find through the chart by clicking Chinese Zodiac Compatibility.

    Zodiac Match
     
    There are many different versions of stories and folklores related to Chinese zodiac. The most popular one is about the race between the animals. Legend said the Jade Emperor who ruled the heavens of China held a race and asked all the animals to participate. The first 12 could be given a place in the calendar. Although the Rat is small, it won the first place by riding on the Ox’s back. The pig got the last one because of stopping to eat. Click to see more...

    Why did the Chinese zodiac animals fix the number twelve?

    According to the research, all agreed that the reason why Chinese zodiac animals fixed to 12 ones is greatly related to the traditional Chinese astronomy and calendar. The ancient people observed the phases of the moon and found that there is 12-times full moon in a year. So, they divided twelve months in a year and 12 two-hour periods in a day as they regard 12 as the number given under the will of Heaven. Therefore, the twelve Earthly Branches and the twelve zodiac animals appeared afterwards.

    Why choose the present twelve animals not others?

    The chosen of 12 animals are greatly related to Chinese people’s daily and social life. If you analyze these animals carefully, you can find that they can be divided into three categories:

    The first group is Chinese six domestic animals: horse, ox, goat, pig, dog and chicken. They are raised and trained for economic and other purposes playing important roles in Chinese agriculture. In people’s traditional view, a family will have a flourishing population and live happily if their domestic animals are all thriving. When the Chinese spring festival comes, people always wish their domestic animals thrive in the coming year. So, due to their importance, these six animals must be chosen in the 12 animals.

    The second group is wild animals that are well known by the people and closely related to people’s life. They are tiger, rabbit, monkey, rat and snake. Among them, tiger and snake are feared, rat is detested, and rabbit and monkey are loved by the people. These animals are commonly seen in people’s life and easily remembered and chosen into the 12 animals.

    The last group includes one animal - dragon, the traditional mascot of Chinese people. It is the only fictitious animal in 12 ones. Chinese people think they are descendents of the dragon and have a special emotion with it. It is a deified animal symbolizing auspicious, omnipotent ability and the loftiest power. So, dragon is indispensable.

    12 Zodiac Signs and Time (Shichen)

    "Shichen" is a timing unit in ancient China and an old Chinese way of dividing a day. Based on the time of sun rise, the traditional Chinese people divided a day which has 24 hours into 12 segments. These segments with each having two hours are called Shichen. Each two-hour period (one Shichen) is given the name of one of the 12 Earthly Branches.

    By observing life characters of animals in different time periods, the Chinese people linked each Shichen with one of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals. Following are connections between 12 animals and Shichen:
    Animal Shichen Time Period Animal Features during the Period
    Rat Zi (子) 23:00-01:00 Rats are most active during this period in seeking food.
    Ox Chou (丑) 01:00-03:00 Oxen ruminate slowly and leisurely.
    Tiger Yin (寅) 03:00-05:00 Tigers are most ferocious and hurt prey more.
    Rabbit Mao (卯) 05:00-07:00 The jade rabbit on the moon is busy pounding medicinal herb according to the tale.
    Dragon Chen (辰) 07:00-09:00 Dragons are hovering in the sky to give rainfall.
    Snake Si (巳) 09:00-11:00 Snakes start to leave their caves.
    Horse Wu (午) 11:00-13:00 The sun is overhead. Other animals are lying down for a rest, while Horses are still standing.
    Sheep (Goat) Wei (未) 13:00-15:00 Sheep(Goats) eat grass and urinate frequently.
    Monkey Shen (申) 15:00-17:00 Monkeys are screeching and most lively.
    Rooster You (酉) 17:00-19:00 Roosters return to their coops as it is getting dark.
    Dog Xu (戌) 19:00-21:00 Dogs are most alert and begin to do their duty to guard houses.
    Pig Hai (亥) 21:00-23:00 Pigs are sleeping soundly and growing fast.

    Zodiac Signs of Different Countries

    Chinese zodiac culture, the gem and an important component of Chinese culture has deeply penetrated in people’s daily life in many aspects. It does not only exist in China, but also other countries in the world. However, the signs in different countries are different. Check the following table to get zodiac equivalents in other counties to Chinese zodiac signs.

    Country Zodiac Signs
    China, Korea Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Sheep Monkey Rooster Dog Pig
    Japan Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Sheep Monkey Rooster Dog Boar
    Vietnam Rat Buffalo Tiger Cat Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig
    Thailand Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Python/ Large Snake Snake Horse Goat Monkey Chicken Dog Pig (Elephant in Northern Thailand)
    Egypt
    (Traditional)
    Nile Amon-Ra Mutual Geb Osiris Isis Thoth Horus Anubis Seth Bastet Sekhmet
    Egypt (Pharaoh’s) Thoth Horus Wadjet Sekhmet Sphinx Shu Isis Osiris Amun-Ra Hathor Phoenix Anubis
    Myanmar (Burma) Garuda (mythical bird) Tiger Lion Elephant (with tusks) Elephant (no tusks) Rat Guinea Pig Dragon        
    Western Countries Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces
    • shadow play of dragon
    • shadow play of horse
    • shadow play of sheep
    • paper cutting of dragon
    • paper cutting of horse
    • paper cutting of sheep
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