The Chinese lunar calendar 1


Caroline Young

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Year of the Rat 鼠

Bright, sociable and highly ambitious.
A true opportunist to reach target.

Best Partner is Dragon or Monkey.

—, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Year of the Ox 牛

Intelligent and self-confident.
A natural born leader who inspires others.

Best Partner is Rooster or Snake.

—, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Lost in Translation …

In Chinese “ox” and “cow” and “bull” — they are all called by the same word in Chinese.
Some people have remarked that the animal in my Ox year is actually a cow, not an ox, but in Chinese writing, it’s all the same…

Year of the Tiger 虎

Aggressive, candid and sensitive.
A roaring success awaits you.

Best Partner is Horse or Dog.

—, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Zodiac Collection

The Chinese lunar calendar is the oldest calendar in use today.

Created in 2637 BC by Emperor Huangdi, it completes its full cycle in sixty years, and is made up of five cycles of twelve years.

The legend surrounding the calendar tells of Lord Buddha, before he departed earth, summoning all the animals of the world to his side so that he could bid them farewell.
However, only twelve of the most faithful beasts came to him.

As a reward for their loyalty, he named a year after each one, in the order of their arrival:
the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Ram, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and the Pig.

Many believe that the animal into whose year one is born has a profound influence on one’s life.
The Chinese have a saying:

“The animal of the year of your birth forever hides in your heart.”

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As an adopted child of Chinese-American expatriates, I have always been intrigued by how the Chinese culture explained the mysteries of the universe.