The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac 2016

What is Your Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign

New Year moves between 21 January and February 20. If you were born in January or February, check whether your birth date falls before or after Chinese New Year to know what your Chinese zodiac year is.

  • Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
  • Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
  • Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
  • Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
  • Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
  • Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
  • Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
  • Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
  • Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
  • Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
  • Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
  • Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971


  • Rat years: …1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020…
  • Lucky Colors: blue, gold, green
  • Lucky Numbers: 2, 3
  • Lucky Flowers: lily, African violet


  • Lucky Colors: white, yellow, green
  • Lucky Numbers: 1, 4
  • Lucky Flowers: tulip, morning glory, peach blossom
  • Year of Birth: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021



  • Lucky Colors: gold, silver, grayish white
  • Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 7
  • Lucky Flowers: bleeding-heart glory bower, dragon flowers
  • Years of Birth: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024


  • Lucky Colors: black, red, and yellow
  • Lucky Numbers: 2, 8, 9
  • Lucky Flowers: orchid and cactus
  • Years of Birth: …1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025…


  • Lucky Colors: yellow and green
  • Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 7, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 37)
  • Lucky Flowers: calla lily and jasmine
  • Years of Birth: …1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026…


  • Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
  • Lucky Numbers: 2, 7
  • Lucky Flowers: carnation, primrose
  • Year of Birth: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Monkey - Chinese Zodiac Signs

2016 Is a Fire Monkey Year — What ”Fire Monkey” Means

In Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal signand one of the Five Elements: Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, or Earth. Both the sign and element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny. Element-sign combinations recur every 60 years:

Are You a Monkey?

People born in a year of the Monkey are called “Monkeys” in China. Usually, if born in a multiple-of-12 year, like 1980, you’re a Monkey.

However, Monkey years are generally dated by the Chinese lunar calendar (starting on Chinese New Year), so if you were born in January or February check below for whether you’re a Monkey.

Monkey Year Start End
2016 February 8, 2016 January 27, 2017
2004 January 22, 2004 February 8, 2005
1992 February 4, 1992 January 22, 1993
1980 February 16, 1980 February 4, 1981
1968 January 30, 1968 February 16, 1969
1956 February 12, 1956 January 30, 1957
1944 January 25, 1944 February 12, 1945
1932 February 6, 1932 January 25, 1933
1920 February 20, 1920 February 7, 1921
1908 February 2, 1908 January 21, 1909

(Some Chinese astrologers consider zodiac years to start and end within a day of February 5 — “Start of Spring” according to the traditional Chinese solar calendar.)

The Lucky and Unlucky Things for “Monkeys”

  • Lucky numbers: 4 and 9
  • Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
  • Lucky colors: white, blue, gold
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west
  • Lucky months: Chinese lunar months 8 and 12

People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Though they don’t have any bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt the feelings of others. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists.

They have many interests and need partners who are capable of stimulating them. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, some don’t trust their sly, restless, and inquisitive nature. Although they are clever and creative, monkeys can’t always exhibit their talent properly. Monkeys like to take challenges and they prefer urban life to rural.


  • Lucky Colors: gold, brown, yellow
  • Lucky Numbers: 5, 7, and 8
  • Lucky Flowers: gladiola, cockscomb


  • Years of the Dog: …1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030…
  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids
  • Years of the Pig: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

ratInformation for the Chinese Zodiac Rat
oxInformation for the Chinese Zodiac Ox
tigerInformation for the Chinese Zodiac tiger
rabbitInformation for the Chinese Zodiac Rabbit
dragonInformation for the Chinese Zodiac Dragon
snakeInformation for the Chinese Zodiac Snake
horseInformation for the Chinese Zodiac Horse
goatThe Chinese Zodiac - Goat


Lucky Signs for People Born in Monkey Year:

Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: white, gold, blue
Lucky Flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
Lucky Directions: north, northwest, west

Lucky Numbers and Colors of Monkey
roosterInformation for the Chinese Zodiac Rooster
dogInformation for the Chinese Zodiac Dog
pigChinese zodiac pig

Chinese Zodiac Story

The legend goes that the Jade Emperor ordered all the animals that inhabited the earth to congratulate him on his birthday on January 9th one year, and he determined to select the 12 animals that arrived first to be guards of the Heavenly Gate, so they could take turns on duty in order to prevent deities from secretly descending to the earth.

All the animals were very excited and were itching to start upon hearing the good news. The Jade Emperor made a rule that all animals would run across a river, and each animal’s position in the zodiac would be set by its place in the race.

Enmity Between the Cat and the Rat

Although the cat and the rat were neighbors, the former always bullied the latter, and the rat felt very angry but dared not say it out loud; therefore, he sought his revenge on the cat. The rat chuckled to himself upon hearing the Jade Emperor’s decree and he thought to himself: “This is an opportunity”.

The sleepyhead cat kicked the rat’s door open, ordering the rat to keep him informed about when he was going to the Jade Emperor’s birthday party, and the rat readily promised that he would.

The rat promised to do so; however, he was so excited that he left quietly without informing the cat on the morning of January 9th. All the other animals gathered at the bank of a river and the race began.

Result of the 12 Zodiac Signs

Early as he was, the rat had to stop by the river owing to the swift current. Having waited for a long time, the rat saw the ox crossing the river, so he swiftly jumped into the ox’s ear.

The kindhearted ox did not mind at all and kept on crossing the river. After crossing it, he ran towards the palace of the Jade Emperor.

Suddenly, the rat jumped out of the ox’s ear and rushed to the feet of the Jade Emperor; therefore, he won the first place, followed by the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon (an imaginary Chinese dragon), snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and the pig. These 12 animals became guards of the Heavenly Gate.

The cat didn’t wake up until the race was over and it was too late — he was not able to make it into the cycle. After the party, a great enmity grew between the cat and the rat, so the rats scattered in all directions when a cat appeared.

The Chinese people created the 12 Chinese zodiac signs according to the arrival order of the 12 animals, and each zodiac sign is designated to a specific year, so the same zodiac sign returns every 12 years.

More interestingly, the wise Chinese people later created the love compatibility of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, and even discovered the mystical relationships between zodiac signs and travel destinations, adding much luster to traditional Chinese culture.


Zodiac Animal Toes Per Limb Odd/Even Yin/Yang
Rat 4 front; 5 back (even and) odd (yin and) yang
Ox 4 even yin
Tiger 5 odd yang
Rabbit 4 even yin
Dragon 5 odd yang
Snake 0 even yin
Horse 1 odd yang
Goat 4 even yin
Monkey 5 odd yang
Rooster 4 even yin
Dog 5 odd yang
Pig 4 even yin

Each animal has symbolic meanings given to it by the ancient Chinese. These animal attributes comes in six contrasting pairs that must be harmonized, like yin and yang, and are the primary factor governing the order of the zodiac. (Presumably the attributes most valued by ancient Chinese are first and so on.) The strong yang attribute comes first, then the balancing yin attribute.

Zodiac Animal Attribute Saying
Rat Wisdom Wisdom without industriousness leads to triviality.
Ox Industriousness Industriousness without wisdom leads to futility.
Tiger Valor Valor without caution leads to recklessness.
Rabbit Caution Caution without valor leads to cowardice.
Dragon Strength Strength without flexibility leads to fracture.
Snake Flexibility Flexibility without strength leads to compromise.
Horse Forging ahead Forging ahead without unity leads to abandonment.
Goat Unity Unity without forging ahead leads to stagnation.
Monkey Changeability Changeability without being constant leads to foolishness.
Rooster Being constant Being constant without changeability leads to woodenness.
Dog Fidelity Fidelity without amiability leads to rejection.
Pig Amiability Amiability without fidelity leads to immorality.