Chinese Zodiac Signs

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2020 is the Year of the Rat, 2019 is the Year of the Pig

according to Chinese zodiac. This is a Year of

Metal Rat,

starting from the 

2020 Chinese New Year on Jan. 25

and lasting to

2021 Lunar New Year's Eve on Feb. 11

Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Rat include 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032...

Though people consider the rat not adorable, and it even makes its way into derogatory languages, it ranks first on the Chinese zodiac signs. It has characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Zi
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Shui (Water)
Yin Yang: Yang

Years of the Rat

Rat Year Start End
1924 Feb.5,1924 Jan.23,1925
1936 Jan.24,1936 Feb.10,1937
1948 Feb.10,1948 Jan.28,1949
1960 Jan.28,1960 Feb.14,1961
1972 Feb.15,1972 Feb.2,1973
1984 Feb.2,1984 Feb.19,1985
1996 Feb.19,1996 Feb.6,1997
2008 Feb.6,2008 Jan.25,2009
2020 Jan.25,2020 Feb.11,2021
2032 Feb.11,2032 Jan.30,2033

Lucky Signs for People Born in Rat Year:

Lucky Numbers: 2, 3
Lucky Colors: gold, blue, green
Lucky Flowers: lily, African violet, lily of the valley
Lucky Directions: southeast, northeast

Ox is the second in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. Years of the Ox include 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033...


Oxen used to be capable farming tools in agricultural society, which attach to the symbol of diligence, persistence and honesty. People born in the Year of Ox are probably tardy in action, but industrious and cautious. Most of them are conservative and hold their faith firmly.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Chou
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Tu (Earth)
Yin Yang: Yin

Years of Chinese Zodiac Ox

Ox Year Start End
1925 Jan.24,1925 Feb.12,1926
1937 Feb.11,1937 Jan.30,1938
1949 Jan.29,1949 Feb.16,1950
1961 Feb.15,1961 Feb.4,1962
1973 Feb.3,1973 Jan.22,1974
1985 Feb.20,1985 Feb.8,1986
1997 Feb.7,1997 Jan.27,1998
2009 Jan.26,2009 Feb.13,2010
2021 Feb.11,2021 Jan.31,2022
2033 Jan.31,2033 Jan.18,2034

Lucky Signs for People Born in Ox Year:

Lucky Numbers: 1, 9
Lucky Colors: red, blue, purple
Lucky Flowers: tulip, evergreen, peach blossom
Lucky Directions: southeast, south and north

Tiger is the third in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Tiger include 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034...

Tigers, considered to be brave, cruel, forceful, stately and terrifying, are the symbol of power and lordliness. In ancient times, people usually compared emperors or grandees with the tiger. Court officials often said that 'accompanying the emperor is just like being at the side of a tiger'. There are also many legends about this animal.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Yin
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Mu (Wood)
Yin Yang: Yang

Years of the Tiger

Tiger Year Start End
1926 Feb.13,1926 Feb.1,1927
1938 Jan.31,1938 Feb.18,1939
1950 Feb.17,1950 Feb.5,1951
1962 Feb.5,1962 Jan.24,1963
1974 Jan.23,1974 Feb.10,1975
1986 Feb.9,1986 Jan.28,1987
1998 Jan.28,1998 Feb.15,1999
2010 Feb.14,2010 Feb.2,2011
2022 Feb.1,2022 Jan.21,2023
2034 Jan.19,2034 Feb.7,2035

Lucky Signs for people born in Tiger Year:

Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4
Lucky Colors: grey, blue, white, orange
Lucky Flowers: cineraria, anthurium
Lucky Directions: south, east, southeast

Rabbit is the fourth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Rabbit include 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023...

For Chinese people, the rabbit is a tame creature representing hope for a long time. It is tender and lovely. The moon goddess Chang'e in Chinese legend had a rabbit as her pet, which stimulated the thought that only this creature was amiable enough 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.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Mao
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Mu (Wood)
Yin Yang: Yin

Years of the Rabbit

Rabbit Year Start End
1927 Feb.2,1927 Jan.22,1928
1939 Feb.19,1939 Feb.8,1940
1951 Feb.6,1951 Jan.26,1952
1963 Jan.25,1963 Feb.12,1964
1975 Feb.11,1975 Jan.30,1976
1987 Jan.29,1987 Feb.16,1988
1999 Feb.16,1999 Feb.4,2000
2011 Feb.3,2011 Jan.22,2012
2023 Jan.22,2023 Feb.9,2024
2035 Feb.8,2035 Jan.27,2036
Lucky Signs for People Born in Rabbit Year:
Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9
Lucky Colors: red, blue, pink, purple
Lucky Flowers: snapdragon, plantain lily, nerve plant
Lucky Directions: east, southeast, south

Dragon is the fifth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Dragon include 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024...

The Dragon enjoys a very high reputation in Chinese culture. Chinese people regard themselves as descendents 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, honor, success, luck, and capacity. Emperors entitled themselves exclusively as 'dragon'.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Chen
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Tu (Earth)
Yin Yang: Yang

Years of the Dragon

Dragon Year Start End
1928 Feb.23,1928 Feb.9,1929
1940 Feb.9,1940 Jan.26,1941
1952 Jan.27,1952 Feb.13,1953
1964 Feb.13,1964 Feb.1,1965
1976 Jan.31,1976 Feb.17,1977
1988 Feb.17,1988 Feb.5,1989
2000 Feb.5,2000 Jan.23,2001
2012 Jan.23,2012 Feb.9,2013
2024 Feb.10,2024 Jan.25,2025
2036 Jan.28,2036 Feb.14,2037

Lucky Signs for People Born in Dragon Year:

Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 6
Lucky Colors: gold, silver, hoary
Lucky Flowers: bleeding heart vine, larkspur, hyacinth
Lucky Directions: west, north, northwest

Snake is the sixth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Snake include 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037...

Snake carries the meanings of malevolence, cattiness and mystery, as well as acumen and divination. In some places, people believe that a Snake found in their court can bring delight. However, in most cases, this animal is considered evil, which scares people from the bottom of the heart. There are some idioms in China indicating the danger of this animal, for example, once bitten by the Snake twice shy of ten years.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Si
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Huo (Fire)
Yin Yang: Yin

Years of the Snake

Snake Year Start End
1929 Feb.10,1929 Jan.29,1930
1941 Jan.27,1941 Feb.14,1942
1953 Feb.14,1953 Feb.2,1954
1965 Feb.2,1965 Jan.20,1966
1977 Feb.18,1977 Feb.6,1978
1989 Feb.6,1989 Jan.26,1990
2001 Jan.24,2001 Feb.11,2002
2013 Feb.10,2013 Jan.30,2014
2025 Jan.29,2025 Feb.16,2026
2037 Feb.15,2037 Feb.3,2038

Lucky Signs for People Born in Snake Year:

Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 9
Lucky Colors: red, light yellow, black
Lucky Flowers: orchid, cactus
Lucky Directions: northeast, southwest, south

Horse is the seventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Horse include 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026...

The Five Elements of Horse is Fire (Huo), which symbolizes enthusiasm and energy. The animal gives people an impression of independence and integrity. Its spirit is recognized to be the Chinese people's ethos - making unremitting efforts to improve themselves with passion and diligence.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Wu
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Huo (Fire)
Yin Yang: Yang

Years of the Horse

Horse Year Start End
1918 Feb.11,1918 Jan.31,1919
1930 Jan.30,1930 Feb.16,1931
1942 Feb.15,1942 Feb.4,1943
1954 Feb.3,1954 Jan.23,1955
1966 Jan.21,1966 Feb.8,1967
1978 Feb.7,1978 Jan.27,1979
1990 Jan.27,1990 Feb.14,1991
2002 Feb.12,2002 Jan.31,2003
2014 Jan.31,2014 Feb.18,2015
2026 Feb.17,2026 Feb.5,2027

Lucky Signs for People born in Horse Year:

Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 7
Lucky Colors: brown, yellow, purple
Lucky Flowers: calla lily, jasmine, marigold
Lucky Directions: northeast, southwest and northwest

Sheep / Goat is the eighth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Sheep include 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039, 2051...

Sheep (goat, or ram) is among the animals that people like most. It is gentle and calm. Since ancient times, people have learned to use its fleece to make writing brushes and fur to keep warm. The white cute creature often reminds people of beautiful things.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Wei
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Tu (Earth)
Yin Yang: Yin

Years of the Sheep

Sheep Year Start End
1919 Feb.1,1919 Feb.19,1920
1931 Feb.17,1931 Feb.5,1932
1943 Feb.5,1943 Jan.24,1944
1955 Jan.24,1955 Feb.11,1956
1967 Feb.9,1967 Jan.29,1968
1979 Jan.28,1979 Feb.15,1980
1991 Feb.15,1991 Feb.3,1992
2003 Feb.1,2003 Jan.21,2004
2015 Feb.19,2015 Feb.7,2016
2027 Feb.6,2027 Jan.25,2028

Lucky Signs for People Born in Sheep Year:

Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9
Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
Lucky Flowers: carnation, primrose, Alice flower
Lucky Directions: east, southeast, south

Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028...

The monkey is a clever animal. It is usually compared to a smart person. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the dignified 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.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Shen
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Jin (Metal)
Yin Yang: Yang

Years of the Monkey

Monkey Year Start End
1920 Feb.20,1920 Feb.7,1921
1932 Feb.6,1932 Jan.25,1933
1944 Jan.25,1944 Feb.12,1945
1956 Feb.12,1956 Jan.30,1957
1968 Jan.30,1968 Feb.16,1969
1980 Feb.16,1980 Feb.4,1981
1992 Feb.4,1992 Jan.22,1993
2004 Jan.22,2004 Feb.8,2005
2016 Feb.8,2016 Jan.27,2017
2028 Jan.26,2028 Feb.12,2029

Lucky Signs for People Born in Monkey Year:

Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: white, gold, blue
Lucky Flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
Lucky Directions: north, northwest, west

Rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029...

Rooster is almost the epitome of fidelity and punctuality. For ancestors who had no alarm clocks, the crowing was significant, as it could awaken people to get up and start to work. In Chinese culture, another symbolic meaning of chicken carries is exorcising evil spirits.

Earthly Branch: You 酉
Element: Metal (Jin)
Yin Yang: Yin
Season: Autumn

Years of the Rooster

Rooster Year Start End
1921 Feb.8,1921 Jan.27,1922
1933 Jan.26,1933 Feb.13,1934
1945 Feb.13,1945 Feb.1,1946
1957 Jan.31,1957 Feb.17,1958
1969 Feb.17,1969 Feb.5,1970
1981 Feb.5,1981 Jan.24,1982
1993 Jan.23,1993 Feb.9,1994
2005 Feb.9,2005 Jan.28,2006
2017 Jan.28,2017 Feb.15,2018
2029 Feb.13,2029 Feb.2,2030

Lucky Signs for People Born in Rooster Year:

Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: gold, brown, brownish yellow, yellow
Lucky Flowers: gladiola, impatiens, cockscomb
Lucky Directions: west, southwest, northeast

Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042...

Dog is man's good friend who can understand the human's spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or not. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. The invincible God Erlang in Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Xu
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Tu (Earth)
Yin Yang: Yang

Years of the Dog

Dog Year Start End
1922 Jan.28,1922 Feb.15,1923
1934 Feb.14,1934 Feb.3,1935
1946 Feb.2,1946 Jan.21,1947
1958 Feb.18,1958 Feb.7,1959
1970 Feb.6,1970 Jan.26,1971
1982 Jan.25,1982 Feb.12,1983
1994 Feb.10,1994 Jan.30,1995
2006 Jan.29,2006 Feb.17,2007
2018 Feb.16,2018 Feb.4,2019
2030 Feb.3,2030 Jan.22,2031

Lucky Signs for People Born in Dog Year:

Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9
Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
Lucky Flowers: rose, oncidium, cymbidium orchids
Lucky Directions: east, southeast, south

Pig is the twelfth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Pig include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043...

Pig is not thought to be a smart animal in China. It likes sleeping and eating and becomes fat. Thus it usually features laziness and clumsiness. On the positive side, it behaves itself, has no plan to harm others, and can bring affluence to people. Consequently, it has been regarded as wealth.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Hai
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Shui (Water)
Yin Yang: Yin

Years of the Pig

Pig Year Start End
1923 Feb.16,1923 Feb.4,1924
1935 Feb.4,1935 Jan.23,1936
1947 Jan.22,1947 Feb.9,1948
1959 Feb.8,1959 Jan.27,1960
1971 Jan.27,1971 Feb.24,1972
1983 Feb.13,1983 Feb.1,1984
1995 Jan.31,1995 Feb.18,1996
2007 Feb.18,2007 Feb.6,2008
2019 Feb.5,2019 Jan.24,2020
2031 Jan.23,2031 Feb.10,2032

Lucky Signs for People Born in Pig Year:

Lucky Numbers: 2, 5, 8
Lucky Colors: yellow, grey, brown, gold
Lucky Flowers: hydrangea, pitcher plant, marguerite
Lucky Directions: southeast, northeast

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