How do I know what animals are in the Chinese zodiac, who I am and what it means?

(CNN Spanish) — The year 4721 begins in the Chinese calendar. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. Chinese legend says that the Buddha asked all animals to find him on New Year’s Day, and named the twelve animals that arrived each year.

The animals of the Chinese calendar are Dog, Pig/Pig, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey and Rooster.

Also, according to legend, those born in each animal year have certain personality traits of that animal.

Rat

He says that those born under the sign of the Rat are “intelligent people who like to surround themselves with family and friends.” Confucius Institute Journal from the University of Valencia. They are good workers, savers and good administrators.

Years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Ox

It represents patience and calmness, they are people who show affection and respect.

Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

tiger

Passionate, resourceful and energetic people.

Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit is celebrated, the Confucius Institute says that people born in this year have good human qualities, they are intelligent, considerate and kind. They want peace.

Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Dragon

The dragon is the symbol of the emperor in China and represents power, entrepreneurship, strength and imagination.

Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

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Snake

It represents tact, elegance and prudence. This year people will be calm in difficult situations.

Years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Horse

They are confident, adventurous and impatient people. They love travel and money.

Years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

Sheep

They are creative, loving and tailors. They love connection with nature and don’t like pressure.

Years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

Bun

Intelligence, fun, sympathy characterize the people of this sign. They have complicated relationships. They like to party.

Years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Rooster

Charming, meticulous, efficient and orderly people. They can be selfish and stubborn, especially in love.

Years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

the dog

They are dedicated, honest and loyal. They can be jealous and nervous.

Years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

pig/pig

Honest, educated, helpful and grounded, according to the Confucius Institute.

Years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019


Lunar New Year is celebrated on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Lunar New Year celebrations begin on the first day of the first lunar month of the Chinese calendar and continue until the 15th day of the full lunar month.

With information from Maggie Hieufu Wong

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