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The Chinese Zodiac is a cyclical system that repeats itself every 12 years and that has been used since the time of the ‘traditional’ China. The years are represented using 12 signs of mythical animals. Each year is represented by an animal sign which is repeated in the following order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Thus, every 12 years the same zodiac sign will appear again.
An old legend says that one day Buddha called all the animals for a great celebration. But only 12 animals responded to Buddha’s invitation: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig. To honor them, Buddha decided to dedicate one year from the calendar to each of these animals. Unlike our western astrology, the Chinese zodiac sign depends rather on the year than on the month that you were born in. So, the Chinese people believe that for every period of time, all the people who were born in the same year share similar main character traits.
Each character has both good and bad traits. It is all about using them intelligently to make the best for you and the ones around you!
The Chinese celebrate New Year’s Eve by great festivities with fireworks and special events that are related to their traditions. The celebrations for the Chinese New Year’s festivity last between 5 to 10 days. In the Chinese Zodiac, the current year is under the sign of the Snake lasting between the 10th of February 2013 and the 30th of January 2014.

The calendar of the Chinese Zodiac signs succession for the following twelve years:
Snake February 10th 2013 – January 30th 2014
Horse  January 31st 2014 – February 18th 2015
Sheep  February 19th 2015 – February 7th 2016
Monkey  February 8th 2016 – January 27th 2017
Rooster  January 28th 2017 – February 18th 2018
Dog  February 19th 2018 – February 4th 2019
Pig  February 5th 2019 – January 24th 2020
Rat  January 25th 2020 – February 11th 2021
Ox  February 12th 2021 – January 31st 2022
Tiger  February 1st 2022 – January 21st 2023
Rabbit  January 22nd 2023 – February 9th 2024
Dragon  February 10th 2024 – January 28th 2025