Happy Chinese New Year! You might think we’ve already rang in the new year, but China runs on a slightly different calendar to ours. Chinese New Year is typically celebrated a few weeks after the Western New Year, with dragon parades, lighting up lanterns and families getting together for some good food and celebration.
In the Chinese calendar, 2020 is the Year of the Rat. Unlike the Western zodiac, which uses constellations to roughly represent each month, the Chinese calendar uses twelve different animals for each year. The Year of the Rat begins a new 12-year cycle, which ends with the Year of the Pig.
Each animal is said to have a set of personalities which defines them, not unlike the Western zodiac signs:
- 🐀 Rat: imaginative, generous, curious
- 🐂 Ox: confident, honest, patient
- 🐅 Tiger: sensitive, tolerant, brave
- 🐇 Rabbit: affectionate, kind, merciful
- 🐉 Dragon: enthusiastic, lively, intelligent
- 🐍 Snake: charming, intuitive, romantic
- 🐎 Horse: diligent, friendly, clever
- 🐐🐑 Goat/Sheep: artistic, calm, happy
- 🐒 Monkey: witty, lively, curious
- 🐓 Rooster: shrewd, honest, punctual
- 🐕 Dog: loyal, honest, courageous
- 🐖 Pig: sincere, tolerant, optimistic
What animal in the Chinese zodiac are you? I was born in the Year of the Pig. 🐷