Which animal are you?

Chinese Animal Sign--12 Sheng Xiao

Chinese Animal Signs--12 Sheng Xiao(生肖)

In China, asking age is common when you meet a new friend. And after knowing the age, some people may check you with the year of the animal so as to continue your dialogue. Similar to western zodiac, China zodiac(Animal Signs, 生肖) uses twelve animal signs to represent different years. Twelve year is a samsara. Nearly all of the children know which animal year they were born. My parents taught me these 12 animals and their orders when I was very young.. I still can speak out these 12 animals and orders in hokkien dialect—my first language fluently .they are 1.Rat, 2.Ox, 3.Tiger, 4.Rabbit, 5.Dragon, 6.Snake, 7.Horse, 8.Goat, 9.Monkey, 10.Rooster, 11.Dog, and 12 Boar. Believe it or not, Chinese Zodiac also uses these12 animal signs to predict people’s fortune. Take Boar for instance, in Chinese culture, the boar is associated with fertility and virility. To bear children in the Year of the Boar is considered to be very fortunate, for they will be happy and honest. I was born in the year of the boar and I quite agree, haha .

So how do you know the year of your animal? It is quite easy, just a simple calculation question. Take me for example; I am 27 year old and was born in 1983. We know 2010 is the year of Tiger, so the year1986 (2010-12*2) is also tiger year. 1983 is three year before 1986.So the animal of 1983 is Boar which is three orders back from Tiger. Take a fun and try to find out your own animal.

Rat: 1900、1912、1924、1936、1948、1960、1972、1984、1996、2008、2020、2032、2044、2056、2068、2080、2092、2104、

Ox: 1901、1913、1925、1937、1949、1961、1973、1985、1997、2009、2021、2033、2045、2057、2069、2081、2093、2105、

Tiger: 1902、1914、1926、1938、1950、1962、1974、1986、1998、2010、2022、2034、2046、2058、2070、2082、2094、2106、

Rabbit: 1903、1915、1927、1939、1951、1963、1975、1987、1999、2011、2023、2035、2047、2059、2071、2083、2095、2107、

Dragon: 1904、1916、1928、1940、1952、1964、1976、1988、2000、2012、2024、2036、2048、2060、2072、2084、2096、2108、

Snake: 1905、1917、1929、1941、1953、1965、1977、1989、2001、2013、2025 2037、2049、2061、2073、2085、2097、2109、

Horse: 1906、1918、1930、1942、1954、1966、1978、1990、2002、2014、2026、2038、2050、2062、2074、2086、2098、2110、

Goat: 1907、1919、1931、1943、1955、1967、1979、1991、2003、2015、2027、2039、2051、2063、2075、2087、2099、2111、

Monkey: 1908、1920、1932、1944、1956、1968、1980、1992、2004、2016、2028、2040、2052、2064、2076、2088、2100、2112、

Rooster: 1909、1921、1933、1945、1957、1969、1981、1993、2005、2017、2029、2041、2052065、2077、2089、2101、2113、

Dog: 1910、1922、1934、1946、1958、1970、1982、1994、2006、2018、2030、2042、2054、2066、2078、2090、2102、2114、

Pig: 1911、1923、1935、1947、1959、1971、1983、1995、2007、2019、2031、2043、2055、2067、2079、2091、2103、2115

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16 Responses to Which animal are you?

  1. richardcloutier says:

    nice chart and essay. my twin and I are tigers, today is our birthday(the 25th of ocotober, and I never felt better.
    many better years to us all.
    Even though more complicated than a Gregorian or Roman calender, your calenders
    seem to account for the subtleties of time measurement.
    those so called scientific ones based on molecular motion of carbon 14 or the like
    put me out and others too I might suspct as these matters are not for the average person and so are a bit vague and how accurate is something that is based i=on such large figures and theoretical values?
    I know they are accepted in some popular places , so i accept some of the reasoning.
    you be the judge.
    my best to you and china tha beautiful.

    • Melody Wang says:

      Happy birthday, dear Richard! Sincerely give my best wishes to you and your twin(brother?^_^).
      P.S. I’m born in tiger year too.

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        wrote:See? More than an hour wihotut a comment just cause I mentioned the word Israel.I was at the chat until just a few minutes ago. Congrats to Cassie!

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        chubb. Thank you. I went in too but found only June’s news item. Tried your arhcives for past items but failed. Any solution ?

    • Sumiianii says:

      Interesting, Claude. It would be iritnesetng to know how Chinese traveler spend compares to other countries. I recall it used to be comparatively low in North America, but perhaps that’s changed.

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      This seems to be my encireexpe too. Even doctors have little understanding of the risks they are taking by not wearing gloves and masks while dealing with patients blood.

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