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CHINESE ZODIAC SIGNS

Chinese Zodiac signs are determined by the year a person is born. Chinese Zodiac signs assigns an animal and its attributes to each year and are different from Western zodiacs which assign a characteristic to a month.

The Chinese Zodiac is known as Sheng Xiao and it follows a 12-year cycle. The calendar follows the lunar cycle, with the new year celebrated in January or February.

History

Legend says that Buddha summoned all animals to come to him before he departed earth, but only 12 came to bid him farewell. As a reward, Buddha honoured the animals who came to him by naming a year after each one in the order that they arrived.

It is believed that the animal ruling the year a person is born has a profound effect on their personality.

Pandora Chinese Zodiac Collection

Please note that this collection is currently not available in New Zealand.

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CHINESE RAT

Year of the Rat:

1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Characteristics:

Rats are clever, creative, quick-witted and successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life devoted to family and friends.

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CHINESE OX

Year of the Ox:

1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Characteristics:

Oxen are the strong and dependable workers, who are intelligent, patient and loyal, but never demand praise.

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CHINESE TIGER

Year of the Rabbit:

1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Characteristics:

Tigers are courageous, confident and charismatic individuals who love challenges and adventures.

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CHINESE RABBIT

Year of the Rabbit:

1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Characteristics:

Rabbits are affectionate and caring, liked by all.

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CHINESE DRAGON

Year of the Dragon:

1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Characteristics:

Dragons are strong and independent, with boundless energy.

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CHINESE SNAKE

Year of the Snake:

1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Characteristics:

Deeply complex, snakes are wise and patient, yet infinitely charming.

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CHINESE HORSE

Year of the Horse:

1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Characteristics:

Horses are independent, hardworking and ambitious, always overcoming obstacles in their path.

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CHINESE SHEEP

Year of the Sheep:

1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Characteristics:

Cool, calm and collected, sheep have an imaginative mind and impeccable taste.

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CHINESE MONKEY

Year of the Monkey:

1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Characteristics:

Monkeys are charismatic and curious and have the drive to fulfil their dreams.

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CHINESE ROOSTER

Year of the Rooster:

1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Characteristics:

Confident and strong-willed, roosters are organised, hardworking and sometimes outspoken.

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CHINESE DOG

Year of the Dog:

1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Characteristics:

Loyal and faithful, dogs are trustworthy friends who will always lend an ear and treat others with respect.

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CHINESE PIG

Year of the Pig:

1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Characteristics:

Blessed with good fortune, pigs are optimistic, sincere and tolerant. In Chinese culture, the pig is a symbol of wealth.