Chinese Customs for Kids – Chinese Zodiac Signs

3 Sep

One of the biggest beliefs in the Chinese culture and one of the many Chinese customs for kids is the Chinese zodiac signs. Zodiac signs are based on the calendar year along with the lunar cycle, unlike the Georgian or Western calendar, which is based on the solar cycle. Chinese zodiac signs play a very big role in Chinese customs for kids because, per their belief, everything regarding the child will depend upon which zodiac sign that they were born under.

Within the Chinese astrology, the moon repeats the cycle every 12 years. There are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac horoscope, with each animal having their own year because of the lunar cycle.  The 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac are the Tiger, Rat, Ox, Rabbit, Dragon, Horse, Snake, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Pig and Dog. Just as with any other horoscope, each animal has weaknesses and strong points.

Here are some examples of each Zodiac. Look to see if your Chinese Zodiac Sign is really you or not.

Rat: 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008

You are adventurous, ambitious, bright, charming, a deep thinker and fussy.

You will get along best with Dragons and Monkeys, but should stay away from Horses.

Ox:  1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

You are dependable, hardworking, patient and trustworthy.

You will get along with Snakes and Roosters best, but should stay away from Goats.

Tiger: 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

You are aggressive, courageous, powerful, rebellious, sympathetic and unpredictable.

You will get along with Dogs and Horses, but should stay away Monkeys.

Rabbit: 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

You are kind and virtuous. The Rabbit is the luckiest sign in the Chinese Zodiac. You try to have peace in your life and you are touchy regarding beauty.

You will get along best with Goats and Pigs, but should stay away from Roosters

Dragon: 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

In the Chinese heritage, the Dragon is a sign of Imperial Power. It is also a privilege to be born in the year of the dragon. There is a strong belief that each year of the Dragon that comes, so does a mini baby boom.

You are powerful, full of strength, wealthy and wise.

You will get along best with Monkeys and Rats, but should stay away from Dogs.

Snake: 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

You are determined and wise.

You will get along best with an Ox and Roosters, but should stay away from Pigs.

Horse: 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002

You are attractive, impatient, popular, showy and talkative.

You will get along best with Tigers and Dogs, but should stay away from Rats.

Goat: 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003

You are creative, elegant, shy, sympathy and tender.

You will get along best with Rabbits and Pigs, but should stay away from an Ox.

Monkey: 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004

You are charming, deceitful, intelligent and Inventive. You are successful at pretty much anything you put your mind to.

You will get along best with Dragons and Rats, but should stay away from Tigers.

Rooster: 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005

You tend to be a bit eccentric, a little bit full of yourself and proud. You also like to learn and to work.

You will get along best with Snakes and an Ox, but should stay away from Rabbits.

Dog: 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006

You are fair, loyal and sincere, and you get along well with others as well.

You will get along best with Tigers and Horses, but should stay away from Dragons.

Pig: 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007

You are brave, chivalrous, have life-long friendships and are mobile.

You will get along best with Rabbits and Goats, but should stay away from other Pigs.

Since the Zodiac signs are a big belief in China, it is also one of the main Chinese customs for kids, since people start believing it as soon as the child is born.

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2 Responses to “Chinese Customs for Kids – Chinese Zodiac Signs”

  1. absolute Towers October 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Simply Awsome post !

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