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Chinese Zodiac Signs

Chinese Zodiac signs are determined by the year a person is born. Chinese Zodiac signs assigns an animal and its attributes to each year and are different from Western zodiacs which assign a characteristic to a month.

The Chinese Zodiac is known as Sheng Xiao and it follows a 12-year cycle. Each year is named after a specific animal. The list of animals in order are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The calendar follows the lunar cycle. Each year starts in January or February. 2019 is known as the Year of the Pig and begins on the Chinese New Year, 5 February 2019.

History

Eastern legend says that the Lord Buddha summoned all animals to come to him before he departed from Earth. Only 12 came to bid him farewell. Lord Buddha rewarded the 12 animals who came to honor him by naming a year after each one in the order in which they arrived. It is believed that the animal ruling the year a person was born has a profound effect on their personality. Individuals are believed to identify with the specific animal for their entire life and take on its characteristics.

Pandora Chinese Zodiac Collection

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CHINESE RAT

Year of the Rat:

1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Characteristics:

Rats are clever, creative and quick-witted; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life devoted to family and friends.

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CHINESE OX

Year of the Ox:

1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Characteristics:

Oxen are the strong and dependable workers in the background, intelligent, patient and loyal, but never demanding praise.

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CHINESE TIGER

Year of the Rabbit:

1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Characteristics:

Tigers are courageous, confident and charismatic individuals who love a good challenge and seek out adventure in life.

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CHINESE RABBIT

Year of the Rabbit:

1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Characteristics:

Rabbits are affectionate and caring, liked by all.

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CHINESE DRAGON

Year of the Dragon:

1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Characteristics:

Dragons are strong and independent, with boundless energy they enjoy the fun side of life and make loyal friends.

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CHINESE SNAKE

Year of the Snake:

1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Characteristics:

Deeply complex, Snakes are wise and patient yet infinitely charming and caring.

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CHINESE HORSE

Year of the Horse:

1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Characteristics:

Horses are independent, needing space to be themselves. They are hardworking and ambitious, overcoming obstacles in their path.

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CHINESE SHEEP

Year of the Sheep:

1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Characteristics:

Cool, calm and collected, Sheep have an imaginative mind and impeccable taste.

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CHINESE MONKEY

Year of the Monkey:

1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Characteristics:

Monkeys are charismatic and curious; they love a challenge and have the ability to fulfil their dreams.

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CHINESE ROOSTER

Year of the Rooster:

1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Characteristics:

Confident and strong-willed, rooster are organised and hardworking – and oftentimes outspoken.

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CHINESE DOG

Year of the Dog:

1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Characteristics:

Loyal and faithful, Dogs are trustworthy friends who will always lend an ear and treat others with respect.

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CHINESE PIG

Year of the Pig:

1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Characteristics:

Blessed with good fortune, Pigs are optimistic and sociable, sincere and tolerant. In Chinese culture, the pig is a symbol of wealth.