The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

The Real (and Not So Real) Animals of Chinese New Year

The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

Happy New Year! On the lunar calendar, today is the first day of the year 4709 and the start of Spring. The day also signifies the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, one of 12 animal symbols designated to each consecutive year. It's said that each person assumes characteristics of the animal from the year in which he or she is born, so we've rounded up the major traits of each Chinese zodiac creature. Maybe you'll learn a little more about yourself on this day of reflection and celebration!

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