12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac

What is your Chinese zodiac sign personality?

The Chinese zodiac sign is assigned in your year of birth (not in months like the Western zodiac). There are twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac, so your sign will celebrated every 12 years.

year of the ratRat

Years of the Rat 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032

The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.

The Rat Personality

Optimistic and energetic; those born in the Rat year are very popular. They are emotionally sensitive but have a stubborn streak. Their personality is kind, but with poor communication skills, their words can sometimes seem impolite and rude.

On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.

Strengths
Adaptable, smart, cautious, acute, alert, positive, flexible, outgoing, cheerful
Weaknesses
Timid, unstable, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence

The Rat in love

Best Matches: Ox, Dragon, Monkey

Rats can get along with Ox, Dragon and Monkey partners, and their relationship will go well;
There will never be a lack of romance and passion.

Bad Matches: Horse, Rooster
If they get together, there will be endless quarrels. They seldom make compromises. Picky in each other’s faults, intolerance will lead to their final separation.
Lucky numbers; 2 & 3
Lucky Colours Gold, Blue & Green


year of the oxOx

Years of the Ox 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033

The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.

The Ox personality

Oxen are honest and earnest. They’re low key and never look for praise or to be the centre of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll eventually gain recognition through their hard work.


Strengths
Honest, industrious, patient, cautious, level-headed, strong-willed, persistent
Weaknesses
Obstinate, inarticulate, prudish, distant

The Ox in love

Best Matches: Rat, Snake, Rooster

These animals are compatible being deeply attracted by each other. They are both responsible & willing to share the family duties. Loyalty and faith are key factors to their happy marriage.

Bad Matches: Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Sheep
They each stick to their own opinions and ideas, and both rarely give in. They don’t easily forgive, causing squabbles, which will lead to their relationship demise.

Lucky numbers; 1 & 9

Lucky colours; Red, blue & purple

Year of the tiger

Tiger

Years of the Tiger 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034

The Tiger is the third of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox set off the night before and was first. Tiger arrived early the next morning and was second. Rat secretly climbed onto Ox and jumped down when he saw the Jade Emperor. Ox and Tiger were pushed back to second and third. Despite his protests, Tiger could only settle with being the third zodiac.

The Tiger personality
People with Chinese zodiac sign 'Tiger' are powerful, independent, confident and brave. They are frank and keen to win others' trust. In their middle age, there may be tricky times but they will enjoy happy times again. They are also likely to be dogmatic, and like showing off their accomplishments.

Strengths
Tolerant, loyal, valiant, courageous, trustworthy, intelligent, virtuous
 Weaknesses

Arrogant, short-tempered, hasty

The Tiger in love
Best Matches: Dragon, Horse, Pig
They encourage each other, and can be the best lovers as well as rivals. They are all ambitious and share the same values in life and money. These matches will lead a happy & harmonious life.

Bad Matches: Ox, Tiger, Snake, Monkey

These matches would be aggressive, seldom making compromises, these relationships would be short-lived. If these were to marry, financial problems would result in their breakup.

Lucky numbers; 1, 3 & 4
Lucky colours; Grey, Blue, White & Orange

rabbit

Rabbit

Years of the rabbit; 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035

The Rabbit is the fourth of all zodiac animals. Legend has it the Rabbit was proud, arrogant even, of its speed. He was neighbours with the Ox and always made fun of how slow the Ox was. One day, the Jade Emperor said the zodiac order would be decided by the order in which the animals arrived at his party. Rabbit set off at daybreak. But when he got there, no other animals were in sight. Thinking that he would obviously be first, he went off to the side and napped. However, when he woke up, three other animals had already arrived. One of them was the Ox which he had always looked down upon.

The Rabbit personality
The rabbit is tender and lovely. The moon goddess Chang'e in Chinese legend had a rabbit as her pet, which was believed to be the only creature to match her noble beauty. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are not aggressive but approachable. They have a decent, noble and elegant manner.
Strengths
Gentle, sensitive, compassionate, amiable, & modest
Weaknesses
Amorous, hesitant, stubborn, timid, conservative

The Rabbit in love
Best Matches: Pig, Sheep, Monkey, Dog
These matches are romantic in love and adventurous in life. They compromise to make their relationship lasting and fresh. Living together, they can become more tolerant and considerate, and marriage will be sweet and happy.
Bad Matches: Snake, Rooster
These matches won’t last for they will suffer from constant disagreement and conflicts. They would both feel suppressed in a marriage.

Lucky numbers: 3,4 & 9
Lucky colours Red, Blue, Pink & Purple

dragonDragon
Years of the Dragon 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024


The Dragon is the fifth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Everyone expected the powerful Dragon to arrive early on. However, he came after the Rat, Ox, Tiger and Rabbit. When asked why he was so late, the Dragon said that on the way, he saw a village suffering from drought. He had to stop and create rain for them. The Jade Emperor was happy when he heard of this noble deed and gave him the fifth position.

The Dragon personality
The Dragon enjoys a very high position in Chinese culture. Chinese people regard themselves as descendants of the dragon. In ancient China, this imaginary creature was thought to speed across the sky with divine power. It is the token of authority, dignity, honour, success & luck. Emperors classified themselves exclusively as Dragons.

Strengths
Decisive, inspiring, magnanimous, sensitive, ambitious, romantic
Weaknesses
Eccentric, tactless, fiery, intolerant, unrealistic

The Dragon in love
Best Matches: Rooster, Rat, Monkey
These matches are born to be together, and will build a happy family. Dragons give a lot of support and guidance to Roosters and Rats, who in return give tenderness and care. Sharing similar interests and hobbies, they can be the best travel partners.
Bad Matches: Ox, Sheep, Dog
Quarrels and conflicts dominate their life, until they become enemies. They can’t tolerate each other’s flaws and each put themselves first, ultimately causing a split.


Lucky numbers; 1,6 & 7
Lucky colours; Gold, grey & silver

snakeSnake

Years of the Snake 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025


The Snake is the sixth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Because of their similar looks, Snake and Dragon were good friends. They arrived at the same time. But unfortunately, due to the size difference, the Jade Emperor first saw Dragon, and then Snake.
Snake personality
Snakes tend towards malevolence, cattiness and mystery, as well as quick decisions and fortune telling. Some people believe that Snakes can bring delight. However, in most cases, the snake is considered evil and terrifying.

Strengths
Soft-spoken, humorous, sympathetic, determined, passionate, smart

Weaknesses
Jealous, suspicious, sly, fickle


The Snake in love
Best Matches: Dragon, Rooster
These relationships develop through a lasting attraction. Both like to cooperate for quality of life. They’re both good at socialising. They will form cosy and harmonious families.
Bad Matches: Tiger, Rabbit, Snake, Sheep, Pig
They are suspicious and when misunderstandings occur they lack effective communication, so cannot agree which gives rise to even more conflict.
Lucky numbers; 2, 8 & 9
Lucky colours; Red, yellow & black

Year of the horseThe Horse
Years of the Horse 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
The Horse is the seventh of all Chinese zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Horse had to pass a cemetery on his way, but he was scared. He hesitated for a long time and then ran past it with his eyes closed. Continuing his journey at full speed he managed to arrive seventh.

The Horse personality
The horse symbolises enthusiasm and energy and gives an impression of independence and integrity. The horse’s spirit is recognised to be the Chinese people's ethos - making concerted and passionate efforts for self-improvement.
Strengths & weaknesses

Strengths
Most are warm-hearted, upright and easygoing with a positive attitude; they usually have a lot of friends. Independence and endurance makes them more powerful.
Weaknesses
The love of spending seems to be the biggest problem
Their frank attitude at times leads to giving away secrets. Persistence is lacking on the career path.

The Horse in love
Perfect Matches: Tiger, Sheep, Rabbit
These signs are born to be a well-matched couple with the horse, sharing a lot in common.
Bad matches;
Rat, Ox, Rooster, Horse
Communication and understanding between these animals is very poor which can only result in an unhappy outcome
Lucky numbers; 2,3 & 7
Lucky colours; Brown , Yellow & purple

Year of the goatGoat
Years of The Goat 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

The Goat is the eighth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Goat and Deer set off together, but they needed to cross a river. There were no boats available, so they had to swim across. The Deer couldn’t take it and gave up. Goat struggled on by himself and finally made it to the party as eighth place.

The Goat personality (sometimes called sheep or ram) is among the most popular zodiac animals. The goat is gentle and calm. Since ancient times, people have learned to use its fleece to make calligraphy brushes and the wool to keep warm.

Strengths
gentle, softhearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistent
Weaknesses
indecisive, timid, vain, pessimistic, moody, weak-willed

The Goat in love
Best Matches: Horse, Rabbit, Pig
The harmonious bond between any of these matches would bring prosperity to both their career and families. The couple will win respect from others.
Bad Matches: Ox, Tiger, Dog
If Goats marry an Ox, Tiger or Dog, they will not live a happy life, they will encounter considerable difficulties and setbacks. Life will be hard work possibly including tragedy.

Lucky numbers; 3,4 & 9
Lucky colours; Green, red & purple

Year of the MonkeyMonkey
Years of the Monkey 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

The Monkey is the ninth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Monkey became ninth.

The Monkey personality The monkey is a clever animal. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced 'Hou', the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning.

Strengths
Enthusiastic, self-assured, sociable, innovative
Weaknesses
Jealous, suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant


The Monkey in love
Best Matches: Ox, Rabbit
These matches are perfect for each other, being alike in personalities and life. These will be great matches so long as there is also will space and freedom. They share common values & life opinions.
Bad Matches: Tiger, Pig
Holding different values and views, they don’t have anything in common and It’s difficult for them to communicate patiently or respectfully. Conflict will bring negative influences to their marriage which will eventually suffer beyond repair.

Lucky numbers; 1, 7 & 8
Lucky colours; White, Gold & Blue

year of the roosterRooster
Years of the Rooster 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029


The Rooster is the tenth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Rooster became tenth.
The Rooster personality People born in the Year of Rooster have many excellent characteristics; being honest, bright, communicative and ambitious. Most of them are born pretty or handsome, and like to dress up. They seldom rely on others. However, they might be enthusiastic about something but lose interest equally quickly.

Strengths
Independent, capable, warm-hearted, self-respect, quick minded
Weaknesses
Impatient, critical, eccentric, narrow-minded, selfish
The Rooster in love

The Rooster in love

Best matches: Ox, Snake
People born in the Ox or Snake years, will have everlasting and harmonious marriage with a Monkey. These couples of these combinations always become the envy of others.
Bad matches; Rat, Rabbit, Horse, Rooster, Dog
These 5 signs are likely to have a tough and unstable love life if they marry a monkey, filled with difficulties which will eventually damage the relationship beyond repair.

Lucky numbers; 5,7 & 8
Lucky colours; Gold, Brown & yellow

Year of the DogDog
Years of the Dog 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

The Dog is the eleventh of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Dog became eleventh.

The Dog personality People born in the Year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive.
They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life. These shining characteristics make them harmonious people to have around.

Strengths
Valiant, loyal, responsible, clever, courageous, lively
Weaknesses
Sensitive, conservative, stubborn, emotional


The Dog in Love
Best Matches: Rabbit
They are born to be a perfect match. Similar personality traits and common hobbies add much fun to their love relationship. They can understand each other and face difficulties with patience.
Bad Matches: Dragon, Sheep, Rooster
These animals are not willing to share inner true feelings, so alack of effective communication and trust will bring a tens and unhappy marriage between these signs

Lucky numbers; 3,4 & 9
Lucky colours; Green, red & purple

Year of the pigPig
The Pig years; 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house, so he had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.

The Pig personality People with Chinese zodiac Pig sign are considerate, responsible, independent and optimistic. They always show generosity and mercy with others' mistakes, which makes for harmonious relationships. However, sometimes they will be lazy and lack action. In addition, they’ve pure hearts which means they are often easily cheated & hurt.

Strengths
Warm-hearted, good-tempered, loyal, honest, gentle
Weaknesses
Naive, gullible, sluggish, short-tempered
The Pig in love
Best matches: Rabbit, Tiger, Sheep
These combinations are likely to have a sweet and everlasting marriage. When meeting difficulties, they can face them together. More patience and enough encouragement are the keys to solving any problems. They have common goals and similar values, leading to fun in daily life.
Bad matches: Snake, Monkey
Totally different personalities may lead to conflicts. They always have completely contrary opinions, and cannot reach agreement because of their stubbornness. If getting married, each will think only about his/her own feelings, which would hurt the other and the marriage will collapse.

Lucky numbers; 2, 5 & 8
Lucky colours; Yellow, grey, brown & gold