The 12 Chinese Animal Zodiac You must know during Chinese New Year

The 12 Chinese Animal Zodiac You must know during Chinese New Year

New Year’s started this, people are up early, put on the most beautiful clothes, neatly dressed, go out to attempt to visit each other New Year and wish good luck for the coming year. Happy New Year a variety of ways, some with the patriarch led a number of people going door to door in New Year’s; some colleagues from the nearby a few people go to New Year’s; also have everyone together to congratulate each other, known as the “gathering.” As the door New Year’s time and effort, and later a number of elites and literati have to use the paste to vote each other He, thus developed in the later “New Year’s card.”

The Chinese Zodiac: 2020 is the Year of the Rat

The Chinese Zodiac was created over 2000 thousand years ago as a consequence of the first Emperor of China’s creation of the Lunar Calendar, matching 12 animals to a 12-year cycle. Each animal embodies different character traits and represents a year. 2020 is the year of the rat, and the rat is the first animal in the cycle as we shall see, so the cycle is reborn this year and after another 12 years, it will be the year of the rat again. Quite similar to Western astrological star signs, the Chinese Zodiac is a culturally fascinating part of Chinese culture and is still adhered to today. For those with superstitions, it is still used to predict the fortunes of the coming year with regards to many aspects of life, wealth, health, careers, relationships and much more.

Let’s find out which animal you are… The first of our Chinese zodiac 2020 is:

1. Rat

Recent years
1936 (Jan.24.1936 – Feb.10.1937), 1948 (Feb.10.1948 – Jan.28.1949), 1960 (Jan.28.1960 – Feb.14.1961), 1972 (Feb.15.1972 – Feb.02.1973), 1984 (Feb.02.1984 – Feb.19.1985), 1996 (Feb.19.1996 – Feb.06.1997), 2008 (Feb.06.2008 – Jan.25.2009), 2020(Jan.25.2020 – Feb.11.2021).

Best compatibility: Ox, Dragon, Monkey

Characteristics: Adaptable, smart, charming, cautious, stingy, positive, flexible, outgoing, cheerful, quick-witted, timid, unstable, stubborn, picky, greedy

2. Ox

Recent years
1937 (Feb.11.1937 – Jan.30.1938), 1949 (Jan.29.1949 – Feb.16.1950), 1961 (Feb.15.1961 – Feb.04.1962), 1973 (Feb.03.1973 – Jan.22.1974), 1985 (Feb.20.1985 – Feb.08.1986), 1997 (Feb.07.1997 – Jan.27.1998), 2009 (Jan.26.2009 – Feb.13.2010), 2021 (Feb.11.2021 – Jan.31.2022).

Best compatibility: Rat, Monkey, Rooster, snake

Characteristics: Honest, patient, creative, industrious, hardworking, level-headed, strong-willed, persistent, handle things steadily but can be inarticulate and distant.

3. Tiger

Recent years
1938 (Jan.31.1938 – Feb.18.1939), 1950 (Feb.17.1950 – Feb.05.1951), 1962 (Feb.05.1962 – Jan.24.1963), 1974 (Jan.23.1974 – Feb.10.1975),1986 (Feb.09.1986 – Jan.28.1987), 1998 (Jan28.1998 – Feb.15.1999), 2010 (Feb.14.2010 – Feb.02.2011), 2022 (Feb.01.2022 – Jan.21.2023)

Best compatibility: Dragon, Horse, Pig, Dog

Characteristics: Brave, courageous, loyal, confident, competitive, intelligent, lucky, they would make competent leaders but can be arrogant, hasty, short-tempered, irritable, overindulged.

4. Rabbit

Recent years
1939 (Feb.19.1939 – Feb.08.1940), 1951 (Feb.06.1951 – Jan.26.1952), 1963 (Jan.25.1963 – Feb.12.1964), 1975 (Feb.11.1975 – Jan.30.1976), 1987 (Jan.29.1987 – Feb.16.1988), 1999 (Feb.16.1999 – Feb.04.2000), 2011 (Feb.03.2011 – Jan.22.2012), 2023(Jan.22.2023 – Feb.09.2024).

Best compatibility: Sheep, Dog, Pig

Characteristics: Kind-hearted, compassionate, gentle, sensitive, modest, amiable, merciful, conservative, timid, hesitant, stubborn, live long, they do not like fighting and try to find compromises.

5. Dragon

Recent years
1940 (Feb.09.1940 – Jan.26.1941), 1952 (Jan.27.1952 – Feb.13.1953), 1964 (Feb.13.1964 – Feb.01.1965), 1976 (Jan.31.1976 – Feb.17.1977), 1988 (Feb.17.1988 – Feb.05.1989), 2000 (Feb.05.2000 – Jan.23.2001), 2012 (Jan.23.2012 – Feb.09.2013), 2024 (Feb.10.2024 – Jan.25.2025).

Best compatibility: Rooster, Rat, Monkey

Characteristics: Inspiring, decisive, ambitious, romantic, eccentric, fiery, intolerant, unrealistic and sometimes overconfident

6. Snake

Recent years
1941 (Feb.10.1929 – Jan.29.1930), 1953 (Feb.14.1953 – Feb.02.1954), 1965 (Feb.02.1965 – Jan.20.1966), 1977 (Feb.18.1977 – Feb.06.1978), 1989 (Feb.06.1989 – Jan.26.1990), 2001(Jan.24.2001 – Feb.11.2002), 2013 (Feb.10.2013 – Jan.30.2014), 2025(Jan.29.2025 – Feb.16.2026).

Best compatibility: Dragon, Rooster, Monkey

Characteristics: Humorous, determined, passionate, soft-spoken, smart, sympathetic, jealous, suspicious, lazy, nonchalant and sly.

7. Horse

Recent years
1942 (Feb.15.1942 – Feb.04.1943), 1954 (Feb.03.1954 – Jan.23.1955), 1966 (Jan.21.1966 – Feb.08.1967), 1978 (Feb.07.1978 – Jan.27.1979), 1990 (Jan.27.1990 – Feb.14.1991), 2002 (Feb.12.2002 – Jan.31.2003), 2014 (Jan.31.2014 – Feb.18.2015), 2026 (Feb.17.2026 – Feb.05.2027).

Best compatibility: Tiger, Sheep, Rabbit, Dog

Characteristics: Warm-hearted, easygoing, outgoing, active, independent, positive attitude, frank, lack of persistence, wasteful, they are popular amongst others but can be selfish and over-confident

8. Goat/Sheep

Recent years
1943 (Feb.05.1943 – Jan.24.1944), 1955 (Jan.24.1955 – Feb.11.1956), 1967 (Feb.09.1967 – Jan.29.1968), 1979 (Jan.28.1979 – Feb.15.1980), 1991 (Feb.15.1991 – Feb.03.1992), 2003 (Feb.01.2003 – Jan.21.2004), 2015 (Feb.19.2015 – Feb.07.2016), 2027 (Feb.06.2027 – Jan.25.2028).

Best compatibility: Rabbit, Horse, Pig

Characteristics: Considerate, polite, imaginative, shy, attractive, softhearted, gentle, hardworking, persistent, indecisive, moody, pessimistic

9. Monkey

Recent years
1944 (Jan.25.1944 – Feb.12.1945), 1956 (Feb.12.1956 – Jan.30.1957), 1968 (Jan.30.1968 – Feb.16.1969), 1980 (Feb.16.1980 – Feb.04.1981), 1992 (Feb.04.1992 – Jan.22.1993), 2004(Jan.22.2004 – Feb.08.2005), 2016 (Feb.08.2016 – Jan.27.2017), 2028 (Jan.26.2028 – Feb.12.2029).

Best compatibility: Ox, Rabbit, Snake, Rat,

Characteristics: Sociable, charismatic, self-assured, innovative, enthusiastic, arrogant. Selfish, jealous, egotistical, suspicious and cunning.

10. Rooster

Recent years
1945 (Feb.13.1945 – Feb.01.1946), 1957 (Jan.31.1957 – Feb.17.1958), 1969 (Feb.17.1969 – Feb.05.1970), 1981 (Feb.05.1981 – Jan.24.1982), 1993 (Jan.23.1993 – Feb.09.1994), 2005 (Feb.09.2005 – Jan.28.2006), 2017 (Jan.28.2017 – Feb.15.2018), 2029 (Feb.13.2029 – Feb.02.2030).

Best compatibility: Ox, Snake, Dragon

Characteristics: Independent, warm-hearted, hardworking, capable, quick-thinking, self-respect, critical, eccentric, selfish, narrow-minded and impatient.

11. Dog

Recent years
1946 (Feb.02.1946 – Jan.21.1947), 1958 (Feb.18.1958 – Feb.07.1959), 1970 (Feb.06.1970 – Jan.26.1971), 1982 (Jan.25.1982 – Feb.12.1983), 1994 (Feb.10.1994 – Jan.30.1995), 2006 (Jan.29.2006 – Feb.17.2007), 2018 (Feb.16.2018 – Feb.04.2019), 2030 (Feb.03.2030 – Jan.22.2031).

Best compatibility: Rabbit, Tiger, Horse

Characteristics: Loyal, responsible, honest, clever, have strong sense of responsibility, energetic, sensitive, emotional, stubborn, conservative, cold and self-righteous.

12. Pig

Recent years

1947 (Jan.22.1947 – Feb.09.1948), 1959 (Feb.08.1959 – Jan.27.1960), 1971 (Jan.27.1971 – Feb.24.1972), 1983 (Feb.13.1983 – Feb.01.1984), 1995 (Jan.31.1995 – Feb.18.1996), 2007 (Feb.18.2007 – Feb.06.2008), 2019 (Feb.05.2019 – Jan.24.2020), 2031 (Jan.23.2031 – Feb.10.2032).

Best compatibility: Tiger, Rabbit, Sheep

Characteristics: Easygoing, honest, gentle, warm, loyal, naïve, gullible, sincere, trusting, brave, over-reliant, self-indulgent, materialistic, short-tempered