What is My Chinese Zodiac?

Like the western 12 astrology signs, the Chinese 12 zodiac animal signs also provide guidance on people’s love match and personality analysis, while the difference lies in the time division: western astrology signs are marked by 12 months according to Gregorian calendar, while Chinese animal signs are defined by a 12-year circle.

Now, use Chinese zodiac calculator on the right to find your Chinese zodiac: select your Gregorian date of birth, and you'll reveal your date of birth according to lunar calendar, together with your Chinese zodiac years.

 

Based on Chinese Lunar Calendar

Chinese animal sign (Shengxiao) follows the 12-year cycle defined by lunar calendar. Each year in the cycle is represented by one animal, and people’s sign is determined by their birth year. The cycle repeats every 12 years with the order like this: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. For example, 2018 is a Year of the Dog and 2019 is a Year of the Pig.

Click the animal signs on the following wheel of Chinese zodiac chart to learn more about their basic facts including birth years, luck signs, and love matches.

Rat
  • Years of Birth:1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
  • Lucky Numbers:2, 3
  • Lucky Colors:blue, golden, green
  • Lucky Flowers:lily, African violet, lily of the valley
  • Lucky Directions:southeast, northeast
  • Best Matches:dragon, monkey, ox
  • Avoid:sheep, horse, rabbit
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Chinese Zodiac Years Chart to Find your Zodiac Sign

There is a time gap in the year dates between lunar calendar and Gregorian calendar. Therefore, some people born in January or February of Gregorian calendar may actually have the animal sign of the last year. What is my Chinese zodiac sign? The exact date for Lunar New Year varies from 21 January and February 20.

Rat Feb07,2008-Jan25,2009 Feb19,1996-Feb06,1997
Feb02,1984-Feb19,1985 Feb15,1972-Feb02,1973
Ox Jan26,2009-Feb13,2010 Feb07,1997-Jan27,1998
Feb20,1985-Feb08,1986 Feb03,1973-Jan22,1974
Tiger Feb14,2010-Feb02,2011 Jan28,1998-Feb15,1999
Feb09,1986-Jan28,1987 Jan23,1974-Feb10,1975
Rabbit Feb03,2011-Jan22,2012 Feb16,1999-Feb04,2000
Jan29,1987-Feb16,1988 Feb11,1975-Jan30,1976
Dragon Jan23,2012-Feb09,2013  Feb05,2000-Jan23,2001 
Feb17,1988-Feb05,1989 Jan31,1976-Feb17,1977
Snake Feb10,2013-Jan30,2014  Jan24,2001-Feb11,2002
Feb06,1989-Jan26,1990 Feb18,1977-Feb06,1978
Horse Jan31,2014-Feb18,2015 Feb12,2002-Jan31,2003 
Jan27,1990-Feb14,1991 Feb07,1978-Jan27,1979
Sheep Feb19,2015-Feb07,2016  Feb01,2003-Jan21,2004 
Feb15,1991-Feb03,1992 Jan28,1979-Feb15,1980
Monkey Jan22,2004-Feb08,2005 Feb04,1992-Jan22,1993 
Feb16,1980-Feb04,1981 Jan30,1968-Feb16,1969
Rooster Feb09,2005-Jan28,2006  Jan23,1993-Feb09,1994 
Feb05,1981-Jan24,1982 Feb17,1969-Feb05,1970
Dog Jan29,2006-Feb17,2007  Feb10,1994-Jan30,1995 
Jan25,1982-Feb12,1983 Feb06,1970-Jan26,1971
Pig Feb18,2007-Feb06,2008 Jan31,1995-Feb18,1996
Feb13,1983-Feb01,1984 Jan27,1971-Feb14,1972

 

Two Dividing Methods for the Zodiac Year

The most common-seen method depends on Chinese New Year, which is considered as the division of two animal years. When a lunar year comes to an end, the animal will shift to next one. Chinese people’s animal signs are marked by this method.

The other method is calculated on solar calendar. In China, one year can be divided into 24 solar terms, which are used to indicate the climate change and guide the schedule of farming work. The Lichun term (Start of Spring) comes first, which falls on February 4 or 5. Passing that day, a new animal year starts.

Nowadays, the zodiac sign defined by lunar New Year’s Day is rooted in Chinese astrology culture, which is widely used in lucky date selection and love compatibility tests. If you have got your sign through the Chinese horoscope calculator, discover more about your Love Compatibility.

 

How to Calculate Your Chinese zodiac sign mathematically?

Divide your year of birth by 12 and read about the remainder. If the number of the year can be divided with no remainder, take the remainder as zero. Each remainder corresponds to an animal sign.

0: Monkey 1: Rooster  2: Dog  3: Pig
4: Rat 5: Ox  6: Tiger  7: Rabbit
8: Dragon  9: Snake  10: Horse  11: Sheep


Take the great singer Celine Dion for example: She was born in 1968.
1968/12=164 (no remainder)
No remainder equals to 0, which indicates Monkey sign.
So she is in Monkey sign.

Barack Obama was born in 1961.
1961/12=163 with remainder 5
5 corresponds to Ox, so Obama gets the Ox sign.

If you use an electronic math calculator, follow this way to get the remainder. Here we take the year of 1988 for example:
1988/12≈165.667, take the decimal 0.667
0.667*12≈8.004
Half adjust the result, get the integer 8 and the corresponding sign of Dragon.

 Further Reading:
 Chinese Zodiac Stories

 Ben Ming Nian (Zodiac Year of Birth)

 Chinese Zodiac Time

 Chinese Zodiac Years Chart

 Tai Sui

- Last updated on Jan. 24, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on What is My Chinese Zodiac?
Asked by Ray Johnson from UNITED STATES | Feb. 04, 2023 13:26Reply
Chart vs. calculator vs. zodiac circle vs. mathematical
DoB is Jan. 25, 1987.

Chart = Feb09,1986-Jan28,1987 Tiger
Calculator = Fire Tiger
Zodiac circle = 1987 Rabbit
Mathematical = 1987/12=165.5833, 12*0.5833=6.9996 nearest whole is 7 = Rabbit

So which one is the actual correct one?
Asked by Jessica from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 29, 2022 22:01Reply
What zodiac am I? Dragon or rabbit?
I'm confused if I used the mathematically method I'm a dragon but if I use the zodiac calculator I'm a rabbit. My year of birth is 1988 but born on January 1st.
Answers (4)
Answered by Dave | Jan. 10, 2023 00:55
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You are a Rabbit for sure.
Answered by kmleong | Jan. 17, 2023 16:07
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Always use the Chinese Zodiac Years Chart. For me, The mathematical method is useless as it only use the Year of birth whereas Chinese Zodiac Chart made up of dd/mm/yyyy.
Answered by Ruchi Garg | Jan. 18, 2023 07:34
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1988/12 is 165 and the remainder left is 8 which is also Dragon
Mathematically results the same
Answered by Shalom | Jan. 22, 2023 05:03
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Dragon. Multiply the integer by 12 to get the remainder (8)
Asked by Mary from NIGERIA | Sep. 25, 2022 15:07Reply
which year am i
I was born in January 21 ,2006
So pls which animals is that
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Answered by Mohammed | Sep. 27, 2022 07:29
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Hi, you were born on January 2006, so your Chinese Zodiac is a Rooster.
Answered by Ella | Nov. 06, 2022 15:55
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hi i was born in January 2010 what zodiac am I
Answered by Shalom | Jan. 22, 2023 05:04
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Dog. Multiply the integer by 12 to get the remainder (2)
Answered by Annabelle | Jan. 24, 2023 09:37
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you are a tiger like me
Asked by Tony Raymond from NIGERIA | Aug. 04, 2022 15:09Reply
I was born in January 07 1982 which elements am l??
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Answered by R.B. | Aug. 14, 2022 22:03
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Dog
Asked by Khaplang from INDIA | May. 05, 2022 03:11Reply
Born on 15th January 2002,
Was born on 15th January 2002, not sure about my zodiac sign snake or horse . Remainder method shows my zodiac sign as horse while date of birth method shows my zodiac sign as snake
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Answered by Mogtip | May. 09, 2022 11:12
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even though this isn't my website you still count horse because if you search up Chinese Zodiac calendar you'll see that 2002 is on horse
Answered by kim | May. 11, 2022 05:35
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it's snake. you should use lunar callender rule.
Answered by kim | May. 11, 2022 05:42
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if you were born between Jan24,2001-Feb11,2002 you are snake. feb 11 is the end of the winter according to the lunar callender. The zodiac signs depend on the begining of the spring and the end of the winter according to the lunar callender. so you are snake zodiac sign. begining and end of the spring and winter is different every year.
Answered by hailey | Jun. 12, 2022 11:12
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i hate snakes but my sister is one to1111111!!!!!!!!!!!!
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