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What Are The Chinese New Year Animals?

Everyone loves celebrating the Chinese New Year.  The Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world.  With the best of food, parties and dances, this celebration is one of the most exciting to watch.

The Chinese New Year is also referred to as the Lunar New Year.  This is celebrated at the beginning of the new year.  Right before the Chinese New Year, there is a Lantern festival held on the 15th of January.  Here, the new year is celebrated by releasing lanterns into the air. The Chinese New Year starts between February 21 January and February 20th

There are 12 Chinese New Year Animals in the Zodiac Calendar:

What Are The Chinese New Year Animals?

Rat – Someone that is born under the year of the rat is often considered to be intelligent, conservative with their spending and flexible in love, money and career.  They are born in the years 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020.  People born under the rat sign tend to be helpers of others as well. 

Ox – You are a tough character.  Every seems to depend on you for something.  You are the go-to person in times of trouble.  You want success and tend to go after it more than any other zodiac sign.  You are often the light that leads the way.  You are born in the years 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.  A person born under this zodiac sign will tell you that they are ready to give of themselves when the time comes.

Tiger – The tiger is a brave soul.  He/she has no fear of things that most zodiac signs are afraid of. They make great protectors of the house.  They are guardians by nature. In work, love and play, you are in competition. You want others to recognize that you are a king.  You are a tiger if you are born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022.  If you tend to be a bit timid, you can rely on someone for protecting in work and play if they are born of the tiger year.

Rabbit – You are born between the years 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 and 2023.  Your silent nature allows you to take on projects and tasks without nobody ever knowing about it.  You are like a quiet ranger in a forest that nobody can detect when moving around.  You are full of class and style. You are often a “snappy” dresser. If someone gives you a task, you complete it.  You never fool around on the job and get it done. When someone speaks of you, they say that you are hard working.

Dragon – Dragons are born in the years 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2012.  You have a passion for life that is worth holding onto.  You have a desire for success that takes you far in life.  You always seem to know how to find the answers.  At times, you stumble, but then pick yourself up right away.

Snake – You are a wise soul beyond your years.  You have knowledge that is highly sought after. Most people that know you say that you have a great desire for teaching others to do what is right. You are crafty and know how to put a good business plan together.  Your attitude is full of love and you have so much flavor inside of you to give to others.  You are into helping others to learn more about themselves.

Horse – Born between the years 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 and 2026.  You tend to be more theatrical in your personality. You are known to take on difficult challenges and have them work for you. It is important to look at your life and feel like things can be overcome. You are mostly knowledgeable about life and growing into a happier moment.  You are often looking at yourself and feeling that you can become a lot more successful over time.  You tend to be patient and you allow things to come to you instead of chasing it.

Goat – The goat is often cuddlier. You have a calm and gentle side in how you approach things in life. You often feel that you have deep levels of anger and don’t always give of yourself as you should. You tend to feel bad for people that are less fortunate than you are. You know what is right and you tend to make other people know that as well. You are born in the years 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 and 2027.

Monkey – The other zodiac signs see you as being the “brains” in the bunch. You are an active and creative thinker and planner. You know how to make people laugh as well. Your sharpness tends to make people feel a sense of joy when they are around you.  There is always something to learn.  Your birth years are 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028.  You tend to learn from your past mistakes and tend not to repeat them.

Rooster – Your courage should be applauded. Through the years, you have made a significant change in humanity even if you don’t realize it. You have helped people beyond what they expected, and you deserve a pat on the back. You are born in the years 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 and 2029. It is always a pleasure to see you hard at work. For the most part, you tend to take joy in the kind of work that you do for a living.  You love sharing your thoughts and ideas with other people as well.

Dog – You are born between the years 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and 2030.  You constantly want to be loved and to love others on your own. You have given the rest of the zodiac signs a reason for putting caring for other people first. You have a good heart and don’t’ like to lie to people.  You know a good thing when you see it and tend to chase after it.

Pig – Why can’t other zodiac signs be more like the pig?  The pig is sensitive, warm, friendly and loves games and challenge. They take on tasks that make them appear to be more giving. Pigs like to feel that they own something when they put their hands on it.  They like the feeling that they have when they have courage. You are born in the years 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 and 2031.  Constantly give of yourself and everything else will become balanced in your life.

The Chinese New Year animals are like the traditional zodiac calendar in the sense that every month has something that represents it. For example, the zodiac sign Leo is represented by a Lion and the zodiac sign Pisces is represented by a fish.  Like zodiac signs of traditional astrology,

Chinese New Year animals’ signs represent which signs work well together. Before the 20th century, Chinese matchmakers in Asia were often called upon to put two animal signs together for love.

If an animal sign was not known to be a good match for another, the matchmaker would not recommend that those two animal signs come together. The matchmaker was the “go to” person for making love happen.

Today, some people look at animal signs as superstition and others still believe that the Chinese calendar speaks truth as to whether two animal signs will get along.

You may wonder why your year is a rat or a pig. The reason for this is simple.  When the zodiac calendar was created for the animals, the animals represented how the people born in that year would act. Often, a similar pattern arose that astrologers saw as having a lot to do with the way a certain zodiac sign will act. 

Therefore, pairing them up with other zodiac signs proved to be a good way to give people happier lives. After all, we all want to get along with the people and lover that comes into our lives.  Have you ever heard the expression “We are the ying and yang together”?  This is in the Chinese calendar for putting the right zodiac signs together.

Each animal sign is either a ying or a yang.  Look below.  If you are a Ying, try finding a yang symbol that is a good match for you (vice versa).

What Chinese Animal Am I?

Rooster – Yin

Dog – Yang

Pig – Yin

Rat – Both Ying and Yang

Tiger – Yang

Rabbit – Yin

Dragon – Yang

Snake – Yin

Horse – Yang

Goat – Yin

Monkey – Yang

Ox – Yin.

As you can see, the rat is the only animal sign that gets along with all the other 12 zodiac signs.  If you find yourself a rat, its best to stick with them.  This can mean years of love, happiness and peace.  The Chinese zodiac occurs every 12 years.  The animals in the calendar are also assigned by week, date and time.

The Chinese New Year is most popular in China, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.  Also, in some Chinese communities in the United States and Canada, the Chinese New Year is celebrated with feasts.  Places like China Town in New York are often on television.

The Chinese New Year celebrates the deaths of ancestors that have long passed away.

The Chinese believe that in every new year, the house must be cleaned in its entirety to let go of bad luck. They belied that cleaning the home will give rid of bad luck and negativity. You will often find Chinese families cleaning entire homes, closets and furniture together to prepare for the new year.  It is said that a clean home brings good luck.  It works a lot like Feng Shui.

Many homes amongst Chinese culture will display paper ornaments in their windows. These papers cut outs are for good luck, happiness, fortune, love and other symbols. Like Americans on the fourth of July, the Chinese New Year brings forth a lot of fireworks.  You will often see the skies lit up at night from fireworks going off.

The Chinese calendar defines the moon months.  The winter solstice is the 11th month.  The Chinese New Year falls on the 2nd moon. Gregorian calendars of the Chinese New Year are between 1912 and 2101. The Chinese calendar comes after the Melonic cycle.  There are 5 elements of Chinese Astrology.  These elements are: wood, fire, water, earth and metal.

How Did the Concept of the Chinese New Year Begin?

An ancient Chinese legend tells us that a best called Nian.  Nian was known to eat children and people, (but he had a strong desire to eat children). After many years of being taken advantage of by the beast, the villagers decided to hide from the beast one year. 

Miraculously, an old man appeared to the villagers and said that he was going to stay with them for the night.  This old man wanted to get back at Nian for what he had done to them.   The villagers didn’t know what the old man was thinking. They thought, “How could he do that?  What was on his mind.  In order to do this, the old man set off firecrackers and made red paper.

The villagers came back after a day of hiding out. They saw that nothing had been touched in their village where the old man was staying. The villagers believed that the old man was more like an angel that came to save them.  It became known that the beast Nian was afraid of red and loud noises (such as fireworks).

As the new year approached every single year, people all over Asia started to wear red and put red lanterns and red paper in their windows. Fireworks began to be used to keep Nian away. This custom became a practiced all throughout Asia and many parts of the world. The custom is still shared today as a reminder of what the people were able to overcome when they were being attacked by the beast Nian.

It is also believed that the great monk Hongjun Laozu captured Nian.  After his capture, it is said that Nian went into the nearby mountains and lives there.  Since many centuries have passed by, it is no longer known which mountain he went into.  However, this is how the Chinese New Year began.

It is common for people to exchange gifts on the eve of the Chinese New Year. Some of these gifts could be:

  • Red envelopes of money.
  • Gift exchanges such as food, candy, chocolate and fruits.
  • Fireworks from nearby markets are purchased for celebrations.

Other cultural celebrations are associated with:

  • Music
  • Movies
  • Clothing
  • Travel
  • Flowers
  • Symbolism
  • Pictures with family and friends.

Many cultures around the world often recognize the Chinese New Year with a dragon dance.  The Chinese believe that the dragon or lion face keep evil away and prevents bad luck from falling upon you.  It also keeps the evil spirits away. Many businessmen and women will get together for a lion dance because it is said to be good luck for business.  This is often seen in Hong Kong.

Fortune Gods, lanterns and red decorations are often used.  You will find that celebrating the Chinese New Year can give you a good idea of what your luck might be in the future. It is often believed that outsiders that follow the Chinese tradition of good luck can also get good luck coming into their lives.

If you have a lot of bad luck, you may try cleaning your home as the Chinese do before the Chinese New Year. These traditions have been taught for thousands of years and many Chinese people believe in these traditions and say that it does help the bad luck to keep away.

It is important to research your own Chinese New Year animal in order to see if you are matched correctly with someone that you are dating. Astrology readings help you to gain clarity if you are with the right person. Sometimes you may wonder why your relationship is not working out.

Perhaps the Chinese calendar will help you to see if you are Ying Yang matched or if you are missing the bigger pictures in the situation. Having someone that you are matched well with is often the main reason why you would want to be with someone that is good for you.

Many times, men and women make the mistake of being paired with someone that is not right for you based on the zodiac calendar.  Try putting a lot of red in your home to ward off evil spirits and bad luck energy.  You can learn more about the art of warding off bad luck energy.  Many psychics do home cleansings with sage.  It is important to make sure that your area is always clear of evil.