Chinese new year started February 1st. 2022 is the year of the tiger.
The Chinese word for Chinese New Year is chunjie (春节), or Spring Festival. This celebration marks the end of cold days. People welcome spring time and what it brings along: Crops and harvests and new beginnings. The date of the new year is determined by the Lunar New Year and is celebrated in China, Taiwan, Macao y Singapore. This year the Lunar New Year was on February 1st.
Origin of Chinese zodiac
It is generally believed that the Chinese zodiac is rooted in the animal worship, and it is a system that dates back to the Qin dinasty, over 2.000 years ago. Legend has it that the Jade Emperor called all beasts in his palace to a “Great Race” (or perhaps a banquet), and the order in which they showed up determined their position in the zodiac. Having such a rich past, it is not surprising that the Chinese zodiac is still so popular in China and a large part of Asia. As an essential part of daily life, it is used to determine someone’s luck for a given year, compatibility for marriage, career development, the best timing for having a baby and much more.
What is your zodiac sign?
Your birth year determines your Chinese zodiac sign, however it may be complex, as the lunar calendar is different from the solar or Gregorian calendar. Since the dates of the Chinese New Year change every year, those born in January and February must take into account not only their birth year, but also their birth date.
Years of the rat: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
People born in the year of Rat like saving and collecting. They never face financial difficulties and they lead organized lives. If you receive an expensive gift from a Rat, be aware that he/she really likes you, for they generally do not like opening their wallet. Rats do not care about compliments and recognition. They are very sensitive and they know when there are problems. When they take risks, the generally succeed.
Years of the ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
People born in the year of the Ox are very hard-working and have a strong sense of responsibility. Even at hard times at work, they keep trying. They are not very romantic, but they are patient and would never force someone they do not like. They tend to be quiet and keep their emotions repressed within themselves. It is hard for other people to understand them. When they loose control, it is like an explosion that may scare others away.
Years of the tiger: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
People born in the year of the Tiger are independent and have high self-esteem. They enjoy being leaders and champions of ordinary people. They love justice and never back up in a dispute. Lack of prudence is their main weakness, which makes them fail. However, they never actually fail, tigers always find a way to take a few steps back and then they succeed eventually.
Years of the rabbit: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
People born in the year of the Rabbit are kind, calm and well-mannered. They are patient, smart and elegant. Their sense of responsibility and their attention to details result in great professional success. They also take love seriously and they do not fall in love so easy. If they find the right person, they will love him/her to infinity and beyond.
Years of the dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
People born in the year of the Dragon have hearts full of adventure and romance. t is not easy for others to understand the mysterious personality of a Dragon. They seem to be indifferent to the things that worry most people. They may seem lazy but, once they make the decision to do something, they will be more ambitious and powerful than anybody else.
Years of the snake: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
People born in the year of the Snake are idealistic. On the outside, they may seem cold and stiff, but on the inside they are friendly and enthusiastic. Their will for exclusive property is ferocious. They do not like it when they cannot fully understand someone. Snakes are diligent and determined, but their worst enemy is laziness.
Years of the horse: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
People born in the year of the Horse never give up. They are always positive and energetic, with a drive to move forward. Their main goal in life is to be free to do what they like and to speak their mind. However, they have also some weaknesses: Horses are not good at keeping secrets and they soon loose interest.
Years of the goat: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
People born on the year of the Goat have a pure and kind heart. They prefer to suffer in silence instead of ruining someone else’s mood. However, even in silence, they still stick to their opinion. As for their passions, they will make every effort to achieve their goals. Even if they are kind, goats have some tricks up their sleeve. They are skilled in using soft power, capable of persuading others in a patient and gentle way.
Years of the monkey: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
People born in the year of the monkey do things according to their interests. If it is something they do not like much, they will do it in a lousy way. If it is something they find interesting, they will do their best and will work until they succeed. Monkeys also value relationships. Nevertheless, pampering kids may be their weakness.
Años del gallo: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
People born in the year of the Rooster have the ability to feel what the other person is thinking or feeling. They are quick to react and have a high EQ. They are excellent friends, although some of them are cunning. Roosters are creative and talented artists, although few of them develop a career in that field. They think ahead and plan everything carefully.
Years of the dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
People born in the year of the Dog are conservative and totally fair. Because of their loyalty, Dogs are highly valued at work. They rarely break the rules, unless someone important to them should be in trouble. Their goal in life is simply to lead a quiet life with their family.
Years of the pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
People born in the year of the Pig think logically and are capable of solving any problem they have to face. They are not good communicators, but they are kind and capable of supporting their family. Most of them are rich. Their only clear defect is that they loose their nerve easily.
How to find your element of the Chinese zodiac?
Metal is the element for birth years ending in 0 or 1.
- Water is the element for birth years ending in 2 or 3.
- Wood is the element for birth years ending in 4 or 5.
- Fire is the element for birth years ending in 6 or 7.
- Earth is the element for birth years ending in 8 or 9.