17 Interesting Facts to Learn Chinese Zodiac
The Chinese zodiac is the traditional way to name the years (2023 is the year of the rabbit, etc.). There are 12 zodiac signs with each year being associated with one animal. Find more interesting facts about the Chinese zodiac below:
1. Chinese Zodiac Signs Have 12 Animals
As a whole lunar circle takes 12 years, there are 12 animals sign, each for one year. In order, they are Rat, Ox, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
2. The 12 Animals Came from Ancient Totems
Why were they chosen? You may wonder why the cat is not among them. According to ancient records, the origins of the zodiac came from the “totems” of ancient tribes. Each tribe had its unique animal symbol as its protecting deity.
3. Chinese Zodiac 2023: the Year of the Rabbit
2023 will be the year of the rabbit. If you were born in the rabbit years such as 2011, 1999, 1987, etc.). 2023 will be your zodiac year.
The most relevant years of the rabbit include 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, and 1939.
4. Chinese Zodiac Is a Repeating Cycle of 12 Years
The Chinese zodiac is a recurring cycle of 12 years. Each year is associated with one of the 12 animals. The same zodiac sign appears every 12 years.
For example, 2023 is the year of the rabbit, then 2011 was the year of the rabbit too.
5. Chinese Zodiac Years Don’t Start on January 1st
Chinese zodiac year is based on the Chinese lunar calendar which is around one/two months behind the Gregorian calendar.
Chinese zodiac years begin on Chinese New Year.
6. Your Chinese Zodiac Sign Is Decided by Your Birth Year
The year you born decide what your zodiac sign is. If you were born in the rabbit year, then your Chinese zodiac is Rabbit.
|Zodiac Animal||Recent Years|
|Rat||1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032|
|Ox||1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033|
|Tiger||1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022, 2034|
|Rabbit||1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035|
|Dragon||1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036|
|Snake||1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037|
|Horse||1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038|
|Goat||1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039|
|Monkey||1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040|
|Rooster||1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041|
|Dog||1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042|
|Pig||1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043|
7. Each Zodiac Sign Has a Personal Trait
The year you were born is believed to decide your personality and your horoscope for your whole life. Since ancient times, Chinese people have developed a method to predict a person’s destiny based on his/her zodiac sign.
8. Each Zodiac Sign Has Its Own Lucky Things
Each zodiac sign has its own lucky and unlucky things: lucky colors, lucky numbers, lucky days, lucky flowers, and lucky directions. Follow your lucky things and avoid these unlucky for your zodiac signs. There is no harm in trying right?
Find Chinese Zodiac Lucky Colors to find your lucky color for 2023.
9. Chinese Zodiac Match Is Used to Find a Suitable Spouse
People born on certain years are believed to have the best match with persons who were born on other certain zodiac years. Chinese people believe Chinese zodiac matches can help them find their best spouse.
In ancient times, parents would find fortune tellers to match their children’s zodiacs before they get married. Engagement would be canceled if a bad match was predicted.
Read more on Chinese Zodiac Compatibility to find out who is the most compatible with you.
10. Each Zodiac Year Is Associated with an Element
There are five elements: gold, wood, water, fire, and earth. Each zodiac year is associated with an element. Take the rabbit, for example, there are gold rabbits, wood rabbits, water rabbits, fire rabbits, and earth rabbits.
Each type of animal associated with an element will recur every 60 years. People born in the same zodiac year with different elements may slightly be different in characteristics attributed to it.
Read the Chinese Five Elements philosophy for more detail.
11. Mouse and Rabbit Are the Luckiest Zodiac Signs for Girls
Mouse and rabbit are believed to be the two luckiest zodiac signs for girls. Chinese parents hope their children to be born in their luckiest zodiac year so more babies were born in these two zodiac years.
Parents will be very glad if their daughters are born in these two zodiac years, as it always means they will have a happy and rich life in the future.
12. Tiger, Monkey, and Dragon Are the Luckiest Zodiac Signs for Boys
Children born in the year of the tiger and dragon are believed to be strong and powerful. Monkey is thought to be the most clever zodiac sign. These are the three best zodiac signs for boys.
13. Tiger and Dragon Are the Two Most Powerful Zodiac Signs
Since ancient times, the dragon has been considered a symbol of power by Chinese people. Tiger, the king of all the beasts, represented powerful officials in ancient China. People born in these two zodiac years are believed to be the most powerful.
14. Monkey Is the Most Clever Zodiac Sign
People born in the year of the monkey are thought to be very clever just like the animal monkey is the most clever one in nature.
15. Birth Year of the Zodiac Is Unlucky
It is believed that it will be unlucky for people when the year is the same as their zodiac sign. People in their zodiac year will offend the age of god which will bring them a bad year for the year. To avoid bad luck, Chinese people go to the temple to give offerings to the God of Age. When the year is over, they will also go back to give thanks.
Most people believe wearing red underwear on Chinese New Year’s eve can ward bad luck away. So, rabbits, 2023 is your zodiac year. why not try? Read more on Rabbit's Fortune Predictions in 2023
16. Each Zodiac Sign Has Its Best Birth Month
People of the same zodiac sign born in different months will have different fortunes and life. For example, the dragon people born in July will have better fortune in wealth, health, love relationship, a career than those born in October.
See below the best birth months for each zodiac sign
|Zodiac sign||Best Birth Month|
|Rat||January, May, July, August, and September|
|Ox||March, July, August, and September|
|Tiger||January, February, March, and April|
|Rabbit||February, March, April, May, and August|
17. Chinese Zodiac Sign Was a Method to Tell the Time
In ancient times, in order to tell the time, people divided the day into 12 periods, with each period 2 hours. Every 2 hours has a zodiac sign, according to the animal’s nature. For example, the period from 23:00 - 01:00 is represented by a rat as rats are believed to be most active during this time.
- Rat: 23:00 - 01:00
- Ox: 01:00 - 03:00
- Tiger: 03:00 - 05:00
- Rabbit: 05:00 - 07:00
- Dragon: 07:00 - 09:00
- Snake: 09:00 - 11:00
- Horse: 11:00 - 13:00
- Goat: 13:00 - 15:00
- Monkey: 15:00 - 17:00
- Rooster: 17:00 - 19:00
- Dog: 19:00 - 21:00
- Pig: 21:00 - 23:00