Chinese zodiac signs

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    What Chinese Zodiac sign will your newborn be and what Chinese Zodiac sign are you and your family? What do they mean?

    Chinese New Year, how did it come to be celebrated? What do the Zodiac signs mean and what animals groups do you and your family belong too?

    Chinese New Year history.
    According to an ancient legend, people were once tormented by a beast called a Nian – a ferocious creature with an extremely large mouth, capable of swallowing several people in a single bite. Relief from the Nian came only when an old man tricked the beast into disappearing. In reality, New Years festivities probably evolved from a desire to celebrate the end of winter and the fertility and rebirth that come with the spring, much like the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia. Today, New Years is about family reunions and wishing everyone good fortune in the coming year.

    Chinese Zodiac Signs.
    The Chinese Zodiac uses 12 animal signs to predict people’s fortune. The twelve animals are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig and are determined by people’s birth year. See the chart below. 

    Here is our quick overview of each animal;

    Rat: Element: Water
    Partners well with: Dragon and Monkey
    Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable.

    Cow: Element: Earth
    Partners well with: Snake and Rooster
    Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined.

    Tiger: Element: Wood
    Partners well with: Horse and Dog
    Characteristics: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic

    Rabbit: Element: Wood
    Partners well with: Sheep and Boar
    Characteristics: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers.

    Dragon: Element: Earth
    Partners well with: Rat and Monkey
    Characteristics: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic

    Snake: Element: Fire
    Partners well with: Rooster and Ox
    Characteristics: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive.

    Horse: Element: Fire
    Partners well with: Dog and Tiger
    Characteristics: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong.

    Sheep: Element: Earth
    Partners well with: Boar and Rabbit
    Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm.

    Monkey: Element: Metal
    Partners well with: Dragon and Rat
    Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart.

    Chicken: Element: Metal
    Partners well with: Snake and Ox
    Characteristics: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident.

    Dog: Element: Earth
    Partners well with: Tiger and Horse
    Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart.

    Pig: Element: Water
    Partners well with: Sheep and Rabbit
    Characteristics: Honourable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable.

    What animals are you & your family? 

    Chinese zodiac animals

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