Chinese New Year Zodiac Animals


The 12 zodiac animals

As per the Chinese Yin and yang concept the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals are in an order of perceived peculiarity. The animals are arranged in a rotating Yin Yang sequence based on odd or even number of their toes.

The first year is the year of Rat followed by Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey , Rooster, Dog and Pig. All these animals are chosen as per their significance to ancient Chinese people who considered them symbolic of luck Power and Prosperity.

Let’s investigate more about the unique traits of these Chinese zodiac animals.

Rat
Rat years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020…(multiples of 12)
Element: Water

Symbolic Meaning:

Rats are curious beings and can find their way no matter how sturdy the roadblocks may seem. It shows great adaptability to its environment.

Rat

Lucky for Rat zodiac

Lucky Colors: blue, gold, green
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 23 and 32
Lucky Flowers: lily, African violet
Lucky Directions: West, Northwest, Southwest
Lucky Lunar Month: 2nd ,5th and 9th Lunar months of Chinese Calendar

Unlucky for Rat zodiac

Unlucky color: yellow, brown
Unlucky numbers: 5 and 9
Unlucky direction: south and southeast
Unlucky months: 4th , 10th , and 12th Lunar months of Chinese Calendar

Personality Traits:

Quick- witted, resourceful, and versatile. These people are easily adaptable to new situations and are keen observers and opportunists’. Rats are Curios and always ready to deal with any situations skillfully. People belonging to this Zodiac are attractive, smart, kind and charming with quick wittedness, but certainly rats lack leadership qualities and broad mindedness. Generally Rats are super active and healthy.



Favorable Careers:

Rats are blessed with sharp prospects that enable them to make a great judgment and avoid unnecessary troubles. Administrator, director, manager, entrepreneur, broadcaster, writer, musician, stand-up comedian, politician, lawyer, researcher, and racing car driver are a few favorable career options for rats.



Compatibility: The rats are best compatible with Ox, Dragon, and Rabbits. They have the worst compatibility with Rooster and Horse.
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Ox
Ox years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Element: Earth

Symbolic Meaning:

An Ox is symbolic of heterodoxy, progressive intentions and adamant persistence.

Ox

Lucky for Ox zodiac

Lucky Colors: white, yellow, green
Lucky Numbers: 1, 4 ,14 and 41
Lucky Flowers: tulip, morning glory, peach blossom
Lucky Directions: North, South
Lucky Lunar Month: 7th and 9th Lunar months of Chinese Calendars

Unlucky for Ox zodiac

Unlucky color: blue
Unlucky numbers: 5 and 6
Unlucky direction: southwest
Unlucky months: 4th and 11th Lunar Months of Chinese calendar

Personality Traits:

Ox’s are known for alertness, perseverance, courage and determination. Honest by nature they have strong ideals and ambitions for life and adhere importance to family and work. With consistent efforts and patience oxes can achieve all their goals. People of this Zodiac achieve great success with their ideas, capabilities and a systematic approach towards their plans. Oxes are stubborn and poor in conversational skills.



Favorable Careers:

The Ox people are hard workers and possess a responsible approach towards work. Agriculture, Manufacturing, Pharmacy, Engineering, Draftsmanship, Artistry, Politics, Real estate etc. are a few favorable options for ox.


Compatibility: They are Best compatible with Rat, Monkey, or Rooster. The worst compatibility is with Tiger, Dragon, Horse or Goat.
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Tiger
Tiger years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022..
Element: Wood

Symbolic Meaning:

The Tiger symbolizes power and protection

Tiger

Lucky for Tiger zodiac

Lucky Colors:blue, grey, orange
Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4, 31 and 41
Lucky Flowers: yellow lily, cineraria
Lucky Directions: east, north, south
Lucky Lunar Month: 3rd,7th, and 10th Lunar Month of Chinese Calendar

Unlucky for Tiger zodiac

Unlucky color: white
Unlucky numbers: 6, 7, and 8
Unlucky direction: southwest
Unlucky months: 1st , 4th , 5th and 11th Lunar Month of Chinese Calendar

Personality Traits:

Brave, ambitious, Erratic, and self assured. They work actively and fearlessly express themselves. They are authoritative and competent leaders. Tigers love challenges. Tigers prefer sports as they are full of energy and enthusiasm.


Favorable Careers:

Any career which enables them to exhibit their leadership qualities are best for the tigers. Some suitable careers are advertising agent, office manager, actor, writer, pilot etc. although the beginning of the career might not be smooth for them but they find stable and hassle free career in their thirties


Compatibility: The Tigers are best compatible with Dragon, Horse, or Pig. They share Worst compatibility with Ox, Snake, or Monkey.
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Rabbit
Rabbit years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Element: Wood

Symbolic Meaning:

a rabbit is symbolic of fertility, sentiments and aspirations.

Rabbit

Lucky for Rabbit zodiac

Lucky colors: red, pink, purple, blue
Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6, 34, 43 and 66
Lucky flowers: plantain lily and jasmine
Lucky Directions: East , South, Northwest
Lucky Months: 1st, 4th, 8th, and 11th Lunar months of Chinese calendar.

Unlucky for Rabbit zodiac

Unlucky colors: dark brown, dark yellow, white
Unlucky numbers: 1, 7 and 8
Unlucky directions: north, west, and southwest
Unlucky months: 2nd , 6th , 9th and 12th Lunar months of Chinese calendar

Personality Traits:

Rabbits are gentle, dignified, opulent and alert. However, they might be frivolous, headstrong, somber, and overly-discreet but are liked by people because of their politeness and gentle behavior. They can achieve desired success with persistent approach while encountering difficulties. They are blessed with a pure heart.


Favorable Careers:

Rabbits are loved by all for their intellectual skills and they enjoy a great career and wealth. Rabbits are gifted artists. The best careers for Rabbits are Judiciary, politics, Medicine and Education


Compatibility: The Rabbits are best compatible with a Rat, Goat, Monkey, or Dog. They share worst compatibility with a Rooster or Snake.
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Dragon
Dragon years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Element: Earth

Symbolic Meaning:

Dragon is symbolic of good fortune, and new beginnings.

Dragon

Lucky for Dragon zodiac

Lucky Colors: gold, silver, grayish white
Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 7
Lucky Flowers: bleeding-heart glory bower, dragon flowers
Lucky directions: east, north, west
Lucky Months: 3rd , 4th , and 7th Lunar months of Chinese Calendar


Unlucky for Dragon zodiac

Unlucky colors: blue, green
Unlucky numbers: 3 and 8
Unlucky direction: northwest, east
Unlucky months: 5th and 6th lunar Month of Chinese calendar

Personality Traits:

The dragons being the Sole Imaginary animal is considered the most powerful beast as per Chinese zodiac. Dragons are dominant and hotheaded personalities with inherited Qualities of courage, confidence and intelligence. They are unafraid of the consequences and are dire risk takers.


Favorable Careers:

Being Risk Takers, challenging jobs that allow them to prove their mettle are best suited for dragons. Certain favorable career options are Journalism, Inventor, Analyst, Educator, Legal advisor, architects and engineers.


Compatibility: They are best compatible with Rat, Tiger or Snake. They share worst compatibility with Ox, Goat or Dog.
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Snake
Snake years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025...
Element: Fire

Symbolic Meaning:

snake is symbolic of secret Knowledge in Chinese zodiac

Snake

Lucky for Snake zodiac

Lucky Colors: black, red, and yellow
Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 9
Lucky Flowers: orchid and cactus
Lucky Directions: East , north , south
Lucky Months: 1st , 8th , and 11th Lunar Months of Chinese Calendar

Unlucky for Snake zodiac

Unlucky color: brown, gold, white
Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, and 7
Unlucky direction: northeast and northwest
Unlucky months: 3rd , 9th and 12th lunar months of Chinese calendar

Personality Traits:

The snakes are the most cryptic of the twelve zodiac animals. They are determined performers and hate Failures. Highly Intuitive and great thinkers, snakes have good communication skills. They are easily stressed and prefer to work alone than in a team. Snakes should avoid challenging work schedules.


Favorable Careers:

Snakes being innovative and diligent work very hard, but have are impulsive. Complex problems prompt them to thrive under tight deadlines. Certain impressive career choices for Snakes are scientist, analyst, investigator, painter, astrologer, magician, and sociologist.


Compatibility: They share best compatibility with Dragon and Rooster and are worst compatible with Tiger, Rabbit or Goat.
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Horse
Horse years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026... ..
Element:Fire

Symbolic Meaning:

The Horse is a symbol of love, courage, devotion and strength.

Horse

Lucky for Horse zodiac

Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 7, 23 and 37
Lucky days: 5th and 20th
Lucky colors: yellow and green
Lucky flowers: calla lily and jasmine
Lucky direction: east, west, and southwest
Lucky months: 4th , 9th , and 12th lunar months of Chinese Calendar

Unlucky for Horse zodiac

Unlucky color: blue, white
Unlucky numbers: 1, 5, and 6
Unlucky direction: north and northwest
Unlucky months: 5th , 7th , and 11th Lunar months of Chinese calendar

Personality Traits:

The people born in the Horse year are super active and full of energy. They love attention and can usually be seen participating actively in concerts, theatre, and sports events. The horse people are self-centered and really cunning and sometimes lack confidence. They bear positive attitude towards life and are likely to sail through all the tough situations with poise.


Favorable Careers:

People born in the horse year are blessed with great communication skills and therefore are attracted to jobs involving communicating with others. Horses are extrovert and make excellent journalists, publicist, performer, pilot, language instructor and translator.


Compatibility: Horse are best compatible with a Goat or Tiger. They share Worst compatibility with a Rat, Ox, or Rooster.
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The Goat
Goat years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Element:Earth

Symbolic Meaning:

goat is a symbol of Elegance and intuition.

Goat

Lucky for Goat zodiac

Lucky numbers: 2, 7, 27 and 72
Lucky days: 7th and 30th
Lucky colors: brown, red, and purple
Lucky flowers: carnations and primroses
Lucky direction: north
Lucky Month: 6th and 9th Lunar Month of Chinese Calendar

Unlucky for Goat zodiac

Unlucky colors: green, blue, and black.
Unlucky numbers: 6 and 8
Unlucky direction: southwest
Worst lunar months:3rd ,6th , and 10th Lunar Months of Chinese calendar

Personality Traits:

Generally people born in goat year are compassionate, aristocratic, and calm with a strong sense of Justice. Though Gentle on the surface, they are tough as a nut on the inside with an intuitive defensive instincts. They avoid being the center of attraction and are likely to be reserved, and spendthrift on fashionable things.


Favorable Careers:

They are Team workers and take everything in their stride. They do not crave for status or power and stay in their own comfort zone. They are more of followers and preferred career options for them are actors, teachers, interior designers, editor, and musician


Compatibility: They are best compatible with Rabbit, Horse or Pig and Worst with Ox, Dragon, Snake or Dog. .
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Monkey
Monkey years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Element:Metal

Symbolic Meaning:

Monkey is symbolic of entertainment and Compassion.

Monkey

Lucky for Monkey zodiac

Lucky numbers: 4 and 9
Lucky days:14th and 28th
Lucky colors: white, blue, gold
Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle
Lucky direction: north, northwest, west
Lucky months: 8th and 12th Lunar Months of Chinese Calendar.

Unlucky for Monkey zodiac

Unlucky colors: red, pink
Unlucky numbers: 2 and 7
Unlucky direction: south, southeast
Unlucky months: 7th and 11th Lunar Month of Chinese Calendar

Personality Traits:

People born under this sign are quick-witted, curios, clever and naughty. They are pranksters and love to entertain people. People born under this zodiac are crafty opportunists and sly. They prefer active and urban lifestyle and detest being in solitude.


Favorable Careers:

People born under this Zodiac are easily adaptable to diverse working conditions. Considerable career choices are stock marketing, engineering, salesmanship, jewelry designing, banking and accounting.


Compatibility: monkeys are best compatible with Ox or Rabbit and least with tiger or Pig. .
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Rooster
Rooster years: 1921,1933,1945,1957,1969,1981,1993.2005,2017
Element:Metal

Symbolic Meaning:

honesty , physical and moral perseverance

Rooster

Lucky for Rooster zodiac

Lucky numbers: 5, 7, and 8
Lucky days: 4th and 26th
Lucky colors: gold, brown, yellow
Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb
Lucky direction: south, southeast
Lucky months: 2nd, 5th, and 11th Lunar months of Chinese calendar.

Unlucky for Rooster zodiac

Unlucky color: red
Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, and 9
Unlucky direction: east
Unlucky months: 3rd, 9th, and 12th lunar months of Chinese calendar.

Personality Traits:

People born under this sign are keen observers, hardworking, resourceful and talented. They are frank and very open minded and amusing personalities and love to be the centre of everybody’s attraction. Bragging about themselves is one of the disadvantageous traits that roosters possess due to which they can be annoying sometimes.


Favorable Careers:

People born under this Zodiac are very motivated and career oriented as compared to other zodiac animals. Hard Working and Multitaskers, they have a wide variety of careers to choose from. Certain considerable options are newsreader, sales person, restaurateur, stylist, public relations officer, farmer, sports person, educator, surgeon, army person, fireman, security guard, and police officer.


Compatibility: roosters are best compatible with an Ox or Snake. They share worst compatibility with a Rat, Rabbit, Horse, or Pig. .
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Dog
Dog years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Element:Earth

Symbolic Meaning:

Dog is symbolic of loyalty

Dog

Lucky for Dog zodiac

Lucky numbers: 3, 4 and 9
Lucky days: 7th and 28th
Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids
Lucky directions: east, south, and northeast
Lucky months: 6th , 10th , and 12th Lunar month of Chinese Calendar

Unlucky for Dog zodiac

Unlucky colors: blue, white, gold
Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, and 7
Unlucky direction: southeast
Unlucky months:5th and 8th Lunar Months of Chinese Calendar

Personality Traits:

People born under this zodiac are the most faithful, loyal, kind and honest. They are always ready and willing to help others and are not sly at all. But if betrayed by anyone they feel badly hurt and take on a pessimistic opinion about everything.


Favorable Careers:

People of this zodiac possess an extremely honest personality and they tend to make a career choice based on the motive of serving others and give their heart and soul to their work. Considerable career choices for people of this zodiac are police officer, counselor, designer, educator, politician, priest, social servants, nurse, clerk, judge and scientist.


Compatibility: They are best compatible with Rabbit and worst with Dragon, Goat, and Rooster.
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Pig
Pig years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
Element:Water

Symbolic Meaning:

Pig is symbolic of Trust and generosity.

Pig

Lucky for Pig zodiac

Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8, and 25 and 58
Lucky days:17th and 24th
Lucky colors: yellow, gray, brown, gold
Lucky flowers: hydrangea and daisy
Lucky direction: east and southwest
Lucky months: 2nd , 7th , 10th , and 11th Lunar months of Chinese calendar

Unlucky for Pig zodiac

Unlucky color: red, blue, green
Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, and 8
Unlucky direction: southeast
Unlucky months: 4th , 9th , and 12th Lunar Month of Chinese Calendar

Personality Traits:

People born under this zodiac are compassionate, generous and devote themselves towards accomplishing their work and task. They are easily fooled by others as they are not conspicuous of trickery.


Favorable Careers:

People of this zodiac possess an undying sense of responsibility and preferred choices of career can be entertainers, caterers, doctors, and interior decorators.


Compatibility: They are best compatible with rat, Tiger, Rabbit and worst with Monkey and Snake.