Chinese Animal Lunar Year Calendar
How to work out your animal sign?
The legend is that Buddha called all the animals to
come before him, but only twelve arrived. The rat
was the first to arrive followed by the ox, tiger,
rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, cock,
dog and finally the pig. In return, each was given a
year to express their personality.
Every year, month, day and time of birth denotes one
of these animals and their characteristics. The
interplay between different animals together with
the five elements is the key to every personality.
The animals are Yin and Yang. The
animals in the years ending with an even number are
Yang, and those ending with an odd number are
The rat, tiger, dragon, horse, monkey and dog are
The ox, rabbit, snake, goat, cock and pig are Yin.
The Chinese New Year is on a different date each
time, as the lunar calendar doesn’t exactly match
with the solar calendar. This is why the year of
each animal begins on various dates in January and
February. A person born before the Chinese New Year
belongs to the animal of the previous year.