TUESDAY February 1, 2022, saw the most important day in the Chinese calendar year – Chinese New Year.
The world will come together in colourful and exuberant celebrations. But which zodiac animal are you and what does that mean?
Which zodiac animal am I?
The Chinese animal zodiac or shengxiao, which means "born resembling", is arranged in a repeating cycle of 12 years.
It, therefore, features 12 different animals.
The animal changes at the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and traditionally these animals were used to date the years.
However, Chinese New Year is a movable celebration, dictated by the lunar cycle.
January 24 is a new moon and the celebrations last until February 8, around the time of the full moon.
In 2022 the celebration, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, will take place on February 1.
The tiger is the zodiac animal for 2022.
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Animals of the Chinese zodiac
Check the years to see which animal you are.
Years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Traits: Ox people are loyal friends and good leaders. They are hard workers with a strong sense of responsibility.
They can sometimes be bullish and they usually feel that they are right.
Oxen are traditional and have high moral character.
They can be stubborn and have fantastic memory.
They aren't known for being romantic but are patient.
They are the type to bottle emotions up, and when they do lose their temper it's an explosion.
Ox's are diligent, dependable, strong, and determined.
Years: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Traits: Tigers tend to be sentimental and have a likable and friendly personality.
They are pleasure seekers who are always on the move and seem to have an endless supply of energy.
They have high self-esteem and are fiercely independent. Recklessness is their biggest weakness though.
Tigers are brave, confident, and competitive.
Years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Traits: Rabbits tend to be gentle, quiet, and polite.
They take love seriously and will never fall for someone easily, but when they find the right person they will love them forever.
They are non-judgemental and open-minded and are often sought for advice.
Rabbits are seekers of peace but can also be self-centred at times.
Rabbits are quiet, elegant, kind, and responsible.
Years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Traits: Dragons are often larger than life, quick-witted, and charming.
They have hearts full of adventure and romance, but they can come across a little mysterious.
Dragons can seem lazy at times, but once they put their mind to something they'll be more ambitious and vigorous than anyone else.
Dragons are confident, intelligent, and enthusiastic.
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