Year of the Rat
Rat is the first in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. Though people consider the rat not adorable, it ranks first on the Chinese zodiac signs. It has characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.
Year of the Ox
Ox is the second in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. Oxen used to be capable farming tools in agricultural society, which attach to the symbol of diligence, persistance and honesty. People born in the Year of Ox are probably tardy in action, but industrious and cautious.
Year of the Tiger
Tiger is the third in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. 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.
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Year of the Rabbit
Rabbit is the fourth in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. 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.
Year of the Dragon
Dragon is the fifth in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. The Dragon enjoys a very high reputation 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, honor, success, luck and capacity.
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Year of the Snake
Snake is the sixth in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. 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 - there are some idioms in China indicating the danger of this animal, for example, once bitten by the Snake twice shy of ten years.
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Year of the Horse
Horse is the seventh in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. The Five Elements of Horse is Fire (Huo), which symbolises enthusiasm and energy. The animal gives people an impression of independence and integrity. Its spirit is recognised to be the Chinese people's ethos - making unremitting efforts to improve themselves with passion and diligence.
Year of the Sheep
Sheep is the eighth in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. Sheep 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 us warm. The white cute creature often reminds people of beautiful things.
Year of the Monkey
Monkey is the ninth in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. The monkey is a clever animal, usually compared to a smart person. During the Spring and Autumn period, 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.
Year of the Rooster
Rooster is the tenth in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. 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 that chicken carries, is exorcising evil spirits.
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Year of the Dog
Dog is the eleventh in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. 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 symbolises the coming of fortune. The invincible God Erland in Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters.
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Year of the Pig
Pig the twelfth in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. Pig is not thought to be a smart animal in China. It likes sleeping and eating, thus it usually features laziness and clumsiness. On the positive side, it behaves itself, has no plan to harm others and can bring affulence to people. Consequently, it has been regarded as wealth.