The Lunar New Year began on February 12 and this is the Year of the Ox. According to Chinese astrology, there are 12 zodiac signs, different from the usual ones that represent years and the five elements of nature – wood, fire, earth, metal and water. As per the horoscope, the animal ruling an individual’s birth year greatly influences his/her personality and destiny. The same Chinese animal sign and element combinations occur only once every 60 years.

Here are the 12 Chinese zodiac signs:

1.    Rat

People born in the year 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020 belong to the zodiac sign 'Rat.' The Rat knows his way around people, charming and very social. They are brimming with creativity and intellect. They are very sharp, picking on small details and take hold of situations quickly. They are opportunistic people which makes them overstep their boundaries at times. 

2.    Ox

People born in the year 1949, 1961 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021 belong to the zodiac sign 'Ox.' The Ox are independent people who enjoy working alone. They put in a lot of effort. Some of them can be loners, enjoying their own company. They do not cherish social gatherings. The Ox rely on morals and values to make decisions. Their privacy means everything to them.

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3.    Tiger

People born in the year 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and 2022 belong to the zodiac 'Tiger.' The Tigers are very fond of their freedom and do not do well without it. They are dominant, passionate and need to be in control of any situation. They can get restless and need challenges to keep them occupied. They engage in flirting and make excellent friends.

4.    Rabbit

People born in the year 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 and 2023 belong to the zodiac 'Rabbit.' Rabbits are emotional and diplomatic beings. They try their best to stay out of disputes.  They can be perceived as selfish at times, but they are very sensitive. They can assess a situation with due attention and offer the best solution.

5.     Dragon

People born in the year 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 and 2024 belong to the zodiac 'Dragon.' The Dragon is a sign of contradictions. While they are proud, intelligent and strong, they can also be pushy, impulsive and impatient. They attract positive and negative energies. They make their points as clearly as crystal but lack consultation at times.

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6.    Snake

People born in the year 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 and 2025 belong to the zodiac sign 'Snake.' The Snake are stubborn people. If they have their eye set on something, they will get it. They proceed at their own pace, and continue adapting and evolving according to situations. They make good social companions, but also enjoy their own company.

7. Horse

People born in the year 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 and 2026 belong to the zodiac sign 'Horse.' The Horse are honest workers, often popular, down-to-earth, honest people. They strive for success and are on their quest for freedom. They are dedicated to their partners and do not tire easily.  

8. Sheep

People born in the year 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 and 2027 belong to the zodiac sign 'Sheep.' The Sheep prefer to do things at their own pace. They are charming and love being surrounded by nature and art. They are well-mannered and shy, but they are good listeners. They are dedicated to their partners and friends.

9. Monkey

People born in the year 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 and 2028 belong to the zodiac sign 'Monkey.' The Monkey are clever, crafty people who like being playful. They adapt quickly to changes and enjoy being on their toes. They are lively and may be perceived as intimidating at times, but make good friends.

10. Rooster

People born in the year 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 and 2029 belong to the zodiac sign 'Rooster.' The Rooster are flamboyant beings, flaunting their colours and have no fear in speaking their mind. They are hard-workers and enjoy social gatherings. They enjoy being under the spotlight and their charm works like magic.

11. Dog

People born in the year 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and 2030 belong to the zodiac sign 'Dog.' The Dog are loyal and dedicated people, with a fair sense of justice. They often worry too much and have a sharp eye. They might have a temper depending on the situation. They make good companions.

12. Pig

People born in the year 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 and 2031 belong to the zodiac signThe Pigs are generous and funny people with a good sense of humour. They resist going outdoors and enjoy the comfort of their homes. They like organizing. They are trustworthy and warm people.