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Year of the Rabbit 兔
Best Partner is Sheep or Pig.
Luckiest of all signs.
Year of the Dragon 龍
Self-assured, bright and successful.
Quick tempered but always attractive.
Best Partner is Rat or Monkey.
—, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Year of the Snake 蛇
Best Partner is Ox or Rooster.
—, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
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.”