Chinese Year Calendar Animals

- the various animals associated with the Chinese calendar and related to the western calendar.

The Chinese calendar famously uses animals to represent the year.

There is a total of twelve animals used for the Chinese year, the sequence repeating after the twelfth year.

The Chinese Lunar New Year is actually the longest surviving calendar system in current use, dating back to 2600BC. At this time the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. Like the Western calendar.

The Chinese years are denoted by twelve animals - the sequence of twelve animals repeating. Legend states that the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from the Earth to bid him farewell. However only twelve came to so to reward them he named a year after each one in the order they arrived.

In addition to this, Chinese people believe the animal whose year it is has a profound influence on personality of anyone born in that year. It is said that: "This is the animal that hides in your heart."


  Rat 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008
  Ox 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009
  Tiger 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010
  Rabbit 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011
  Dragon 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012
  Snake 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013
  Horse 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014
  Sheep 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015
  Monkey 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016
  Rooster 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017
  Dog 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018
  Boar 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019

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