Chinese New Year Symbols

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Chinese New Year symbols, such as the animals found on the zodiac, are an important part of Chinese celebrations.

Below you'll find a list of animals and their corresponding years...

Chinese New Year Zodiac

One of the most recognizable symbols of Chinese celebrations is the Chinese New Year Zodiac.

There are twelve animals represented in the zodiac.

These Chinese new year animals are the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep/goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig/boar and rat.

I was born under the symbol of the Chinese New Year Dragon. What about you?


  • Ox: born in 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925, 1913, 1901

  • Tiger: born in 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914, 1902

  • Rabbit: born in 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914, 1902

  • Dragon: born in 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, 1916, 1904

  • Snake: born in 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917, 1905

  • Horse: born in 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906

  • Goat: born in 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907

  • Monkey: born in 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920, 1908

  • Rooster: born in 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921, 1909

  • Dog: born in 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922, 1910

  • Pig: born in 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1909

  • Rat: born in 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912, 1900


  • Want to know more about how the Chinese New Year is calculated? This link will take you to a website that will explain the Chinese Lunisolar Calendar.




    Other Chinese New Year Symbols

    There are other symbols of Chinese New Year, such as different types of flowers, the color red, and dragons.

    How well do you know your Chinese New Year Celebration trivia?


    Printable Chinese New Year trivia game




    Chinese New Year Calendar Dates

    Add these dates to your calendar so you don't miss any Chinese celebrations!

  • Ox: January 26, 2009
  • Tiger: February 14, 2010
  • Rabbit: February 3, 2011
  • Dragon: February 23, 2012
  • Snake: February 10, 2013
  • Horse: January 31, 2014
  • Sheep/Goat: February 19, 2015
  • Monkey: February 8, 2016
  • Rooster: January 28, 2017
  • Dog: February 16, 2018
  • Pig/Boar: February 5, 2019
  • Rat: January 25, 2020


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