The Chinese lunar calendar — 4

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Caroline Young

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Year of the Rooster 雞

Outgoing, intelligent and hardworking.
Can be selfish and egotistic.

Best Partner is Snake or Ox.

—, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029


Year of the Dog 狗

Loyal, responsible and deep sense of justice.
Also honest and very generous.

Best Partner is Tiger or Horse.

—, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030


Year of the Pig 豬

Courageous and diligent.
Rather materialistic but lucky in life.

Best Partner is Rabbit or Sheep.

—, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031


Zodiac Collection

The Chinese lunar calendar is the oldest calendar in use today.

Created in 2637 B.C. by Emperor Huang Ti, it completes its full cycle in sixty years, and is made up of five cycles of twelve years.

The legend surrounding the calendar tells of Lord Buddha, before he departed earth, summoning all the animals of the world to his side so that he could bid them farewell. However, only twelve of the most faithful beasts came to him.

As a reward for their loyalty, he named a year after each one, in the order of their arrival: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Ram, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and the Pig.

Many believe that the animal into whose year one is born has a profound influence on one’s life. The Chinese have a saying:

“The animal of the year of your birth forever hides in your heart.”

Caroline Young

As an adopted child of Chinese-American expatriates living in Hong Kong, I have always been intrigued by how the Chinese culture explained the mysteries of the universe.