Animals in the Chinese zodiac are akin to the signs of the Western zodiac and represent personality traits in people. However, while the Western zodiac’s 12 signs follow a 12-month cycle, the Chinese zodiac signs take up a year each in a 12-year cycle.
The order of the animals in the Chinese zodiac, legend says, are based on how they finished in race to determine which animal would be lucky enough to be on the calendar.
The animals, in order, are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig, each with their own traits.
People born in the Year of the Rat are said to be quick-witted, critical and resourceful. While they are also kind and versatile people, they can be prone to being frugal and overly private.
Birth years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
As the name suggests, people born in the Year of the Ox are strong, determined, diligent, and patient. While they are dependable, they can be stubborn and materialistic.
Birth years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Like the majestic beast itself, people born in the Year of the Tiger are said to be brave, confident, and idealistic, and tend to have magnetic personalities. However, they can also be arrogant and overly competitive.
Birth years: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Kind, elegant, and responsible, people born in the Year of the Rabbit are said to be artistic and romantic. However, they are also quiet and can be sensitive people.
Birth years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
People born in the Year of the Dragon are said to share characteristics with the mythical beast, and are intelligent, confident, and energetic. They also tend to be outspoken and impatient.
Birth years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Snakes in Chinese mythology are intelligent, wise, and curious and people born in the Year of the Snake tend to have enigmatic personalities and are calculating. However, they can also be anxious.
Birth years: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
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People born in the Year of the Horse are expectedly energetic, active, and enthusiastic. They are also amusing and independent people.
Birth years: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Gentle, calm, and and easygoing, people born in the Year of the Goat are also creative and cheerful individuals who can be a bit disorganised.
Birth years: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Like the animal, people born in the Year of the Monkey are smart, curious, and sociable people who tend to entertaining and optimistic individuals.
Birth years: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Courageous, hardworking, and observant, people born in the Year of the Rooster are also loyal and adventurous companions.
Birth years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
People born in the Year of the Dog, the penultimate animal in the Chinese zodiac, are helpful, honest, unselfish, and trustworthy people. However, they can be a bit timid and prudent.
Birth years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
People born in the Year of the Pig are smart, outgoing, generous, and diligent, and tend to be caring and compassionate individuals.
Birth years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031