What is Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?

February 19 is the beginning the Chinese New Year. The year 2015 is known as the year of the sheep/goat. Learn more about the holiday and what your Chinese zodiac sign means!

First of all, Chinese New Year can also be known as the Lunar New Year. This is the beginning of the year for several calendars, including:

  • Chinese New Year
  • Japanese New Year
  • Korean New Year
  • Mongolian New Year
  • Tibetan New Year
  • Vietnamese New Year

We are going to concentrate more on the tradition of Chinese New Year.

Quick Facts: Chinese New Year

  • Also known as the “spring festival”
  • Traditionally, the festival honored deities and ancestors
  • The evening before new year’s day, families gather for dinner
  • Food items include: Buddha’s delight (elaborate vegetarian dish), chicken, fish, leek, dumplings, and mandarin oranges.
  • Cleaning the home is a tradition to “sweep away” any ill-fortune and make room for incoming good luck
  • Celebrating includes lighting firecrackers,fireworks, giving money in red paper envelopes, gift exchanges,

There are so many different ways the holiday is celebrated. Wikipedia does a nice job summarizing the celebrations.

Chinese Zodiac Signs

Sheep/Goat

international student voice magazine sheepgoatBorn in: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919

Element: Earth

Partners well with: Boar and Rabbit

Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive and calm.

This year: Expect stability, with a slight increase in money this year. Simplify your investment portfolio. You’ll be quite beloved this year, so watch out for love triangles. If you’re married, make sure to demonstrate love toward your spouse.

 

Monkey

international student voice monkeyBorn in: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920

Element: Metal

Partners well with: Dragon and Rat

Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, and smart.

 

 

Rooster

international student voice magazine roosterBorn in: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921

Element: Metal

Partners well with: Snake and Ox

Characteristics: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, and confident.

 

 

Dog

international student voice magazine dogBorn in: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922

Element: Earth

Partners well with: Tiger and Horse

Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, and smart.

 

 

Boar/Pig

international student voice magazine boarBorn in: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923

Element: Water

Partners well with: Sheep and Rabbit

Characteristics: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, and sociable.

 

 

Rat

international student voice magazine ratBorn in: 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924

Element: Water

Partners well with: Dragon and Monkey

Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, and sociable.

 

 

 

 

Ox

international student voice magazine oxBorn in: 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925

Element: Earth

Partners well with: Snake and Rooster

Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, and determined

 

 

 

Tiger

tigerBorn in: 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926

Element: Wood

Partners well with: Horse and Dog

Characteristics: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, and charismatic.

 

 

Rabbit

Rabbit Born in: 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927

Element: Wood

Characteristics: Turstworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, and caretakers.

 

 

 

 

 

Dragon

dragonBorn in: 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928

Element: Earth

Partners well with: Rat and Monkey

Characteristics: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, and charismatic.

 

 

 

Snake

snakeBorn in: 2025, 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929

Element: Fire

Partners well with: Rooster and Ox

Characteristics: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, and decisive

 

 

 

Horse

international student voice magazine chinese zodiac horseBorn in: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918

Element: Fire

Partners well with: Dog and Tiger

Characteristics: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, and strong.

 

 

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