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Chinese Zodiac
More than 3,000 years ago, our ancestors invented the 10 tian gan and 12 di zhi for chronological purpose. These signs are used to designate the hours, days, months and years. However, since most people at that time were illiterate, the signs were difficult to use. Later, to make things easier to memorize, people used animals to symbolize the 12 earthly branches, the animals in order are the mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
         
 
The daily time for different animals is shown as follow:

Animal
Time
Animal
Time
Mouse
23:00 – 01:00
Ox
01:00 – 03:00
Tiger
03:00 – 05:00
Rabbit
05:00 – 07:00
Dragon
07:00 – 09:00
Snake
09:00 – 11:00
Horse
11:00 – 13:00
Sheep
13:00 – 15:00
Monkey
15:00 – 17:00
Rooster
17:00 – 19:00
Dog
19:00 – 21:00
Pig
21:00 – 23:00

Chinese Zodiac List

 
Chinese Zodiac
Year
1
Mouse
1924
1936
1948
1960
1972
1984
1996
2008
2
Ox
1925
1937
1949
1961
1973
1985
1997
2009
3
Tiger
1926
1938
1950
1962
1974
1986
1998
2010
4
Rabbit
1927
1939
1951
1963
1975
1987
1999
2011
5
Dragon
1928
1940
1952
1964
1976
1988
2000
2012
6
Snake
1929
1941
1953
1965
1977
1989
2001
2013
7
Horse
1930
1942
1954
1966
1978
1990
2002
2014
8
Sheep
1931
1943
1955
1967
1979
1991
2003
2015
9
Monkey
1932
1944
1956
1968
1980
1992
2004
2016
10
Rooster
1933
1945
1957
1969
1981
1993
2005
2017
11
Dog
1934
1946
1958
1970
1982
1994
2006
2018
12
Pig
1935
1947
195
1971
1983
1995
2007
2019

 
Many Chinese people strongly believe that the time of a person’s birth is the primary factor in determining that person’s personality. Many fortune– tellers, when telling your fortune, say they need to know your exact time of birth. Then,whether you are successful in your life and career, or whether you will be happy is clear to the fortune – teller.
 
You might ask why these signs are named after these animals and no others. According to one legend, during a Chinese new year celebration, Buddha invites all the animals to his kingdom, but unfortunately, for reasons only known to the animals, a total of 12 turned up, the mouth was naturally the first, followed by the Ox, then the tiger, the rabbit and son and finally the pig.
 
Out of gratitude, Buddha decided to name the year after each of the animals in their order of arrival, and people born of that year would inherit some of the personality traits of that particular animal. These animals are also supposed to have some influence over the period of time they were named after.
 
It is essential in China that every person knows which animal sign he is born under. That is because it has been implicitly agreed upon that no important steps of life should be taken without consulting first the Chinese Zodiac. Some Chinese consider this superstition, but many truly believe that the signs reveal the hidden secrets of a person’s character.
 
1.       People born in the year of the mouse are said to be temperamental, alert, sensitive, open-minded, gentle and soft.
2.       People born in the year of the Ox are said to be firm, tenacious, diligent, honest and happy maybe a little stubborn.
3.       People born in the year of the Tiger are said to be bright, enthusiastic, bold and unstrained but quick tempered, for females, they may be as tender as a lovely cat.
4.       People born in the year of the Rabbit are said to be kind, considerate, gentle, quiet, attentive, polite and peaceable but a little self-conceited.
5.       People born in the year of the Dragon are said to be honorable, brave, healthy, energetic and intelligent, but may also be very temperamental and stubborn.
6.       People born in the year of the Snake are said to be wealth, intelligent but maybe egotistical and conceited.
7.       People born in the year of the Horse are said to be enegetic, high-spirited, popular humorous and intelligent but occasionally quick tempered.
8.       People born in the year of the Sheep are said to be prudent, gentle, honest, calm, compassionate and fashionable but may be extremely dependent.
9.       People born in the year of the Monkey are said to be shrewed, creative, agile and successful but irritable, sly and lack of respect for other.
10.   People born in the year of the Rooster are said to be enegetic, outspoken, enterprising, forceful, romantic and profound in thinking but they may be spendthrifts and suspicious.
11.   People born in the year of the Dog are said to be faithful, trustworthy, righteous and responsible but not very sociable and may be a little obstinate.
12.   People born in the year of the Pig are said to be gentle, magnanimous, reliable, tolerant and calm but a little lazy and may not be very clever.
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