Thursday 26 April 2018

Happy Chinese New Year: What does your Chinese horoscope say and who is your perfect match?

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Happy Chinese New Year! The pinnacle of the Chinese calendar has arrived and so has the year of the goat.

One of the most celebrated occasions in Chinese culture, Chinese New Year symbolises the turn in the lunar calendar with parades, dinners, dragon dances and reunions.

Unlike our New Year’s celebrations where a kiss at the stroke of midnight is most desirable, Chinese New Year celebrates singletons, which is most welcome after a lonesome Valentine’s Day.

Traditionally children and those who are unmarried are gifted with red envelopes filled with money to celebrate the occasion.

Read more: 2015 Horoscopes: What's in store for you in the new year?

New Year’s celebrations in January just last one night but Chinese New Year is celebrated for a number of weeks until the lantern festival on March 5.

Today sees the beginning of the year of the goat and folklore depicts that those born this year will be calm and gentle souls with creative personalities.

Last year was the year of the horse and next year is the year of the monkey but what does the year you were born say about you.

Year of birth: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1991, 2003, 2015

Personality traits: Kindness, sensitivity, politeness, creativity.

Best matches: Rabbit, Horse, Pig

Avoid: Ox, Dog

Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Horoscope


The year of the Monkey

Year of birth: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

Personality traits: Witty, intelligent

Best match: Rat, Dragon, Snake

Avoid: Tiger, Pig


Year of the Rooster

Year of birth: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Personality traits: Independence, punctuality

Best match: Ox, Dragon, Snake

Avoid: Rat, Rabbit, Dog


Year of the Dog

Year of birth: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Personality traits: Honesty, loyalty

Best match: Tiger, Rabbit, Horse

Avoid: Ox, Dragon, Goat, Rooster


Year of the Pig

Year of birth: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Personality traits: Friendliness, laziness

Best match: Goat, Rabbit

Avoid: Snake, Monkey, Pig


Year of the rat

Year of birth: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

Personality traits: Adaptable, excellent intuition

Best matches: Dragon, Monkey, Ox

Avoid: Goat, Horse, Rabbit


Year of the ox

Year of birth: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Personality traits: Conscientious, high sense of morality

Best match: Rat, Snake, Rooster

Avoid: Horse, Dog, Goat


Year of the tiger

Year of birth: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Personality traits: Courage, unpredictability, stubbornness

Best match: Horse, Dog

Avoid: Snake, Monkey


Year of the rabbit

Year of birth: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Personality Traits: Impulsive, compassionate, modest

Best match: Goat, Pig, Dog

Avoid: Rat, Dragon


Year of the Dragon

Year of birth: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Personality traits: Confidence, wit, dominance

Best match: Rat, Monkey, Rooster

Avoid: Ox, Rabbit, Dog


Year of the Snake

Year of birth: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Personality traits: Intelligence, wisdom, privacy

Best match: Ox, Rooster

Avoid: Tiger, Pig


Year of the Horse

Year of birth: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Personality traits: Popularity, being a bit of a free spirit, hard work, intelligence

Best match: Tiger, Goat, Rabbit

Avoid: Rat, Ox, Rooster

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