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  • The Chinese New Year LegendThe Chinese Calendar names each of the twelve years in its rotating cycle after an animal. There are several legends that explain how this came about. One legend says that Lord Buddha called all the animals in the animal kingdom to come and say goodbye to him before he left his life on Earth. Only twelve came to bid him farewell. He rewarded them by naming a year after each one, in the order they arrived.

  • Another legend tells the story of a swimming race: Many years ago there lived a rat, an ox, a tiger, a rabbit, a dragon, a snake, a horse, a sheep, a monkey, a rooster, a dog and a pig.

  • Meet the animals

  • Meet the animals

  • One day the twelve animals quarrelled about who was to head the cycle of years. They went to the Gods and asked them to decide, so the Gods held a contest: whoever was to reach the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to where they finished in the race.

  • All twelve animals waited at the river bank, until the Gods instructed them to start the race, then they all jumped in. Very soon the ox was in the lead but the rat was cunning and jumped upon his back. Just as the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped off the ox's back, and won the race. The pig, who was very lazy, ended up last. This was the final order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and last of all pig.The calendar has followed a rotating cycle ever since that time.

  • Which year were you born in?Rat1984 1996 Ox 1973 1985 1997 Tiger 1986 1998 Rabbit 1987 1999 Dragon 1988 2000 Snake 1989 2001 Horse 1978 1990 2002 Sheep 1991 2003 Monkey 1980 1992 2004 Rooster 1981 1993 2005 Dog 1994 2006 Pig 1983 1995 2007

  • Year of the Rat Rats are said to be imaginative, charming and very generous to those they love - although they do have a tendency to be quick-tempered and over-critical. They are supposed to make good writers, critics and publicists

  • Year of the Ox Oxen are born leaders, inspiring confidence in everyone they come into contact with. However, they can be too demanding. Methodical and good with their hands, they make fine surgeons and hairdressers.

  • Year of the Tiger Tigers are said to be bold and adventurous, and are bestowed with initiative and charm. However, they have a tendency to be risk takers, making them act before they think about the consequences. They tend to make good bosses, explorers or racing drivers

  • Year of the Rabbit

    Rabbits are affectionate, co-operative and pleasant, with lots of friends. But they can get too sentimental and seem superficial. Ideal careers areas include law, diplomacy or the stage.

  • Year of the Dragon

    Dragons tend to be popular individuals who are always full of life and enthusiasm, with a reputation for being fun-loving. They make good priests, artists and politicians

  • Year of the Snake

    People born in the year of the Snake are romantic and deep-thinking, wise and charming, although they tend to dismiss others too quickly and are a bit stingy with money. Ideal jobs include teaching.

  • Year of the Horse

    If you are born in the Year of the Horse then you are amazingly hard working and very independent. Although you are intelligent and friendly, you can sometimes be a bit selfish. Career wise you would make a good scientist or poet

  • Year of the Sheep Those born in the Year of the Sheep are said to be charming, elegant and artistic, who like material comforts. A bit of a worrier they also have a tendency to complain about things. Jobs as actors, gardeners or beachcombers would suit.

  • Year of the Monkey

    If you are born in the Year of the Monkey, you are very intelligent, well-liked by everyone, and will have success in any field you choose. Lucky old you!

  • Year of the Rooster

    The sign of the Rooster indicates a person who is hard-working and definite about their decisions. Roosters are not afraid to speak their minds and can therefore sometimes come across as boastful. They make good restaurant owners and world travellers

  • Year of the Dog

    Dogs are honest and faithful to those they love but they tend to worry too much and find fault with others. They make ideal secret agents or business people.

  • Year of the Pig

    People born in the Year of the Pig are honest and tolerant and make good friends, but tend to expect the same from everyone else, and more often than not they end up disappointed. They thrive in the arts as entertainers.