What Chinese New Year animal are you and what does it mean?

Chinese New Year falls on February 12 this year, heralding the Year of the Ox.

The Lunar New Year isn’t just celebrated in China either, with countries across the world marking the date too.

The date of Chinese New Year moves every year, in accordance with the moon, falling any time between January 21 and February 20.

This can mean that people born in January and February may not be the Zodiac animals they think they are – so it’s worth checking (see the bottom of this article for a handy tool).

The Chinese animal Zodiac works in a repeating cycle of twelve years, with the animal you are depending on the year you were born. But what do all these animals mean?

Year of the Ox

Year of birth: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033, 2045

You are: Conscientious, moral

Best match: Rat, Snake, Rooster

Avoid: Horse, Dog, Goat

Year of the Tiger

Year of birth: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034, 2046

You are: Courageous, unpredictable, stubborn

Best match: Horse, Dog

Avoid: Snake, Monkey

Year of the Rabbit

Year of birth: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035, 2047

You are: Impulsive, compassionate, modest

Best match: Goat, Pig, Dog

Avoid: Rat, Dragon

Year of the Dragon

Year of birth: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036, 2048

You are: Confident, witty, dominant

Best match: Rat, Monkey, Rooster

Avoid: Ox, Rabbit, Dog

Year of the Snake

Year of birth: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037, 2049

You are: Intelligent, wise, private

Best match: Ox, Rooster

Avoid: Tiger, Pig

Year of the Horse

Year of birth: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

You are: Popular, a free spirit, hard working, intelligent

Best match: Tiger, Goat, Rabbit

Avoid: Rat, Ox, Rooster

Year of the Goat

Year of birth: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

You are: Kind, sensitive, polite, creative

Best matches: Rabbit, Horse, Pig

Avoid: Ox, Dog

Year of the Monkey

Year of birth: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040, 2052

You are: Witty, intelligent

Best match: Rat, Dragon, Snake

Avoid: Tiger, Pig

Year of the Rooster

Year of birth: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, 2053

You are: Independent, punctual

Best match: Ox, Dragon, Snake

Avoid: Rat, Rabbit, Dog

Year of the Dog

Year of birth: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, 2054

You are: Honest, loyal

Best match: Tiger, Rabbit, Horse

Avoid: Ox, Dragon, Goat, Rooster

Year of the Pig

Year of birth: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043, 2055

You are: Friendly, lazy

Best match: Goat, rabbit

Avoid: Snake, Monkey, Pig

Year of the Rat

Year of birth: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044

You are: Adaptable, intuitive

Best matches: Dragon, Monkey, Ox

Avoid: Goat, Horse, Rabbit

NOTE: Years included are Chinese New Years so if you were born in January or February, you’d better double check the year.

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