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Chinese Zodiac Sign: Find Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

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circa 1820: A Chinese fortune teller from an early 19th century print writes out his forecasts.

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The Chinese mark each year with a corresponding animal. There are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. 2012 is the year of the dragon. The order of the animals is based on the following legend.

Legend of the Chinese Zodiac:

There are several versions of the story of the origin of the Chinese Zodiac. One is that the Buddha often forgot his age so to make it easier to calculate his age, he decided to select 12 animals to represent each year. He invited all the animals of the world to gather at a certain place, some say a banquet, at a certain time. The first 12 to arrive were to be rewarded with a year named after each one.

The night before the meeting, the cat and the rat agreed to wake each other up to begin the journey together. However, the rat didn’t keep his promise and the cat overslept. By the time the cat arrived, the meeting was already over. The other animals took their time making it to the venue except the ox. The ox knew he was a much slower walker so he began the journey the night before.

The ox walked all night but he was unaware that the rat had been riding on his head the entire journey. Just before the ox arrived, the rat jumped over him and took the first spot in the zodiac. Some versions of the story have the rat climbing on the ox just before crossing a river and then jumping to the finish line. The rest of the animals arrived in the following order: tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Chinese Zodiac Today:

In the beginning, the Chinese Zodiac was used as a convenient way to count the years and keep track of one’s age. During the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, the 12 animals were linked to the year of a person’s birth. When a Chinese baby is born, his or her animal sign is said to reveal his or her character. A person's Chinese Zodiac sign is also used to figure out one’s fortune. Marriage partners' compatibility is also determined by their animal signs.

Find Your Animal Sign:

To find your Chinese Zodiac sign, look for your date of birth. The corresponding animal is your Chinese Zodiac sign.

If You Were Born During These DatesThen Your Chinese Zodiac Sign Is
02/20/1920 – 02/07/1921Monkey
02/08/1921 – 01/27/1922Rooster
01/28/1922 – 02/15/1923Dog
02/16/1923 – 02/04/1924Pig
02/05/1924 – 01/23/1925Rat
01/24/1925 – 02/12/1926Ox
02/13/1926 – 02/01/1927Tiger
02/02/1927 – 01/22/1928Rabbit
01/23/1928 – 02/09/1929Dragon
02/10/1929 – 01/29/1930Snake
01/30/1930 – 02/16/1931Horse
02/17/1931 – 02/05/1932Goat
02/06/1932 – 01/25/1933Monkey
01/26/1933 – 02/13/1934Rooster
02/14/1934 – 02/03/1935Dog
02/04/1935 – 01/23/1936Pig
01/24/1936 – 02/10/1937Rat
02/11/1937 – 01/30/1938Ox
01/31/1938 – 02/18/1939Tiger
02/19/1939 – 02/07/1940Rabbit
02/08/1940 – 01/26/1941Dragon
01/27/1941 – 02/14/1942Snake
02/15/1942 – 02/04/1943Horse
02/05/1943 – 01/24/1944Goat
01/25/1944 – 02/12/1945Monkey
02/13/1945 – 02/01/1946Rooster
02/02/1946 – 01/21/1947Dog
01/22/1947 – 02/09/1948Pig
02/10/1948 – 01/28/1949Rat
01/29/1949 – 02/16/1950Ox
02/17/1950 – 02/05/1951Tiger
02/06/1951 – 01/26/1952Rabbit
01/27/1952 – 02/13/1953Dragon
02/14/1953 – 02/02/1954Snake
02/03/1954 = 01/23/1955Horse
01/24/1955 – 02/11/1956Goat
02/12/1956 – 01/30/1957Monkey
01/31/1957 – 02/17/1958Rooster
02/18/1958 – 02/07/1959Dog
02/08/1959 – 01/27/1960Pig
01/28/1960 – 02/14/1961Rat
02/15/1961 – 02/04/1962Ox
02/05/1962 – 01/24/1963Tiger
01/25/1963 – 02/12/1964Rabbit
02/13/1964 – 02/01/1965Dragon
02/02/1965 – 01/20/1966Snake
01/21/1966 – 02/08/1967Horse
02/09/1967 – 01/29/1968Goat
01/30/1968 – 02/16/1969Monkey
02/17/1969 – 02/05/1970Rooster
02/06/1970 – 01/26/1971Dog
01/27/1971 – 02/14/1972Pig
02/15/1972 – 02/02/1973Rat
02/03/1973 – 01/22/1974Ox
01/23/1974 – 02/10/1975Tiger
02/11/1975 – 01/30/1976Rabbit
01/31/1976 – 02/17/1977Dragon
02/18/1977 – 02/06/1978Snake
02/07/1978 – 01/27/1979Horse
01/28/1979 – 02/15/1980Goat
02/16/1980 – 02/04/1981Monkey
02/05/1981 – 01/24/1982Rooster
01/25/1982 – 02/12/1983Dog
02/13/1983 – 02/01/1984Pig
02/02/1984 – 02/19/1985Rat
02/20/1985 – 02/08/1986Ox
02/09/1986 – 01/28/1987Tiger
01/29/1987 – 02/16/1988Rabbit
02/17/1988 – 02/05/1989Dragon
02/06/1989 – 01/26/1990Snake
01/27/1990 – 02/14/1991Horse
02/15/1991 – 02/03/1992Goat
02/04/1992 – 01/22/1993Monkey
01/23/1993 – 02/09/1994Rooster
02/10/1994 – 01/30/1995Dog
01/31/1995 – 02/18/1996Pig
02/19/1996 – 02/06/1997Rat
02/07/1997 – 01/27/1998Ox
01/28/1998 – 02/15/1999Tiger
02/16/1999 – 02/04/2000Rabbit
02/05/2000 – 01/23/2001Dragon
01/24/2001 – 02/11/2002Snake
02/12/2002 – 01/31/2003Horse
02/01/2003 – 01/21/2004Goat
01/22/2004 – 02/08/2005Monkey
02/09/2005 – 01/28/2006Rooster
01/29/2006 – 02/17/2007Dog
02/18/2007 – 02/06/2008Pig
02/07/2008 – 01/25/2009Rat
01/26/2009 – 02/13/2010Ox
02/14/2010 – 02/02/2011Tiger
02/03/2011 – 01/22/2012Rabbit
01/23/2012 - Dragon

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