Chinese New Year

Ever wonder why Chinese zodiacs are animals?

The legend goes that the Jade Emperor ordered all the animals that inhabited the Earth to congratulate him on his birthday on January 9th one year. 

He made a rule that all animals would run across a river, and each animal’s position in the zodiac would be set by its place in the race.

The rat had to stop by the river owing to the swift current. Having waited for a long time, the rat saw the ox crossing the river, so he swiftly jumped into the ox’s ear.

The kind-hearted ox did not mind at all and kept on crossing the river. After crossing it, he ran towards the palace of the Jade Emperor.

Suddenly, the rat jumped out of the ox’s ear and rushed to the feet of the Jade Emperor; therefore he won the first place, followed by the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Which Zodiac are you?

Year of the Rat

Born in: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Personality of the Rat: People born in the Year of the Rat are instinctive, acute and alert in nature, according to Chinese zodiac analysis. This makes them brilliant business people. They can always react properly before the worst circumstances take place. They are also sophisticated and popular in social interaction. They are sanguine and very adaptable, being popular with others.

Year of the Ox

Born in: 1913, 1925,1937,1949,1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Personality of the Ox

The Ox is huge and is often used to indicate something big in size or number. People with this sign bear persistent, simple, honest and straightforward characteristics. They are leaders with strong faith and strong devotion to work.

Year of the Tiger

Born in: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Personality of the Tiger

In most cases they are powerful, independent, confident and brave. In their middle age their fate may be uneven, but after hardships they will enjoy a bright prospect. They are also likely to be dogmatic and like showing off when accomplishing something.

Year of the Rabbit

Born in:1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Personality of the Rabbit

Rabbits usually impress others with an image of tenderness, grace and sensitivity. They are romantic in relationships, they avoid arguing with others and can convert an enemy into a friend.

Year of the Dragon

Born in: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Personality of the Dragon

They are usually a group of people who are lively, intellectual and excitable. They can clearly tell right from wrong. They are upright and frank. However, they are also a bit arrogant and impatient. Female Dragons tend to be overly confident. They hate hypocrisy, gossip and slander.

Year of the Snake

Born in: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Personality of the Snake

Usually people regard Snakes as a cunning and sly animal, which likes hanging out in darkness. In fact, this animal is also a symbol of wisdom and wit. People with this sign are calm, sensitive and humorous, and most of them are gifted in literature and art.

Year of the Horse

Born in: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Personality of the Horse

They always impress upon people their dynamic, zealous and generous image. Although endowed with many shinning points, they have to face weaknesses in their characteristics.

Year of the Goat

Born in: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027,

Personality of the Goat

People born in the Year of the Goat are tender, polite, clever and kind-hearted. They have special sensitivity to art and beauty and a special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, gentle and compassionate and can cope with business cautiously. In their daily life they try to be economical.

Year of the Monkey

Born in: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Personality of the Monkey

The general image of Monkeys is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile. In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life.

Year of the Rooster

Born in: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

People born in the Year of Rooster have many excellent characteristics, such as being honest, bright, communicative and ambitious. Most of them are born pretty or handsome, and prefer to dress up. In daily life they seldom rely on others.

Year of the Dog

Born in: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Personality of the Dog

People born in the Year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive according to Chinese zodiac analysis. They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life. These shining characteristics make them have harmonious relationships with the people around them.

Year of the Pig

Born in: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Personality of the Pig

People with this zodiac sign are considerate, responsible, independent and optimistic. They always show generosity and endure other people’s mistakes, which help them gain harmonious relationships. However, sometimes they behave lazy.

Why Chinese New Year falls on a different date every year?

The UK traditional uses the ‘Gregorian’ calendar which always starts in 1st January.

The Chinese follow the lunar new year, which is when there is the start of a new moon.

Wishes from Hayley Lancefield (née Lau)

According to the Chinese astrology, 2019 year of the pig is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest. Therefore, I wish you all a very healthy and prosperous year.