Chinese New Year: What’s your animal sign?

Chinese New Year celebrations begin on February 16 and as the world bids farewell to the Year of the Rooster, are you anything like your animal sign?

Do you monkey around, are you quite sheepish or plain pig-headed? If so, it could all be down to your Chinese Zodiac sign.

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Based on a 12-year cycle, the Sheng Xiao (‘birth likeness’) is represented by 12 different animals and calculated according to the lunar calendar - 2018 is the Year of the Dog.

Find your animal sign below and let us know if its character traits sound like you.

Year of the Monkey

Years of birth: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

Celebrity monkeys: Daniel Craig, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Hanks

Character traits: Self-assured, sociable and sporty, monkeys are versatile, flexible and creative. But they can also be jealous, suspicious and selfish

Best matches: Rat, dragon, snake

Year of the Rooster

Years of birth: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

Celebrity roosters: Britney Spears, Roger Federer, Kate Middleton

Character traits: Punctual, honest, bright and warm-hearted, roosters are neat and like to keep busy. They can be critical, quick-tempered and hate dawdlers

Best matches: Ox, dragon, snake

Year of the Dog

Years of birth: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Celebrity dogs: Winston Churchill, Prince William, Madonna

Character traits: Faithful, courageous and clever, dogs make great leaders and are good at keeping secrets. But they’re quick to find fault and can be distant

Best matches: Tiger, rabbit, horse

Year of the Pig

Years of birth: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Celebrity pigs: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hillary Clinton, Julie Andrews

Character traits: Chivalrous, optimistic and frank, pigs are kind and loyal friends and light of heart. Sometimes they can be a little too trusting

Best matches: Sheep, rabbit

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Year of the Rat

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

Celebrity rats: Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Katy Perry

Character traits: Smart, wealthy, successful and popular, rats are curious and thoughtful and like tidiness. But they can be stubborn and lack courage

Best matches: Dragon, monkey, ox

Year of the Ox

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

Celebrity oxes: Barack Obama, Kiera Knightley, George Clooney

Character traits: Patient, cautious and industrious, oxes have strong staying power and don’t jump into making decisions. But they’re poor communicators

Best matches: Rat, snake, rooster

Year of the Tiger

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

Celebrity tigers: Marilyn Monroe, Robert Pattinson, Tom Cruise

Character traits: Loyal, trustworthy and courageous, tigers are good at expressing themselves and like challenges. But they can be hasty and over-confident

Best matches: Horse, dog

Year of the Rabbit

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

Celebrity rabbits: Queen Victoria, David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie

Character traits: A symbol of hope and peace, rabbits are compassionate and modest, with a good sense of humour. They’ll do anything to escape from a dull life

Best matches: Sheep, pig, dog

Year of the Dragon

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

Celebrity dragons: Bruce Lee, Rihanna, Florence Nightingale

Character traits: Ambitious, energetic and intellectual, dragons are romantic and strive for perfection. But they can be arrogant and impatient

Best matches: Rat, monkey, rooster

Year of the Snake

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

Celebrity snakes: Daniel Radcliffe, Muhammad Ali, Audrey Hepburn

Character traits: Wise, passionate, sympathetic and even-tempered, snakes are self-aware and good communicators. They can be fickle, jealous and headstrong

Best matches: Ox, rooster

Year of the Horse

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

Celebrity horses: Sir Paul McCartney, Kristen Stewart, Katie Holmes

Character traits: Positive, easygoing and warm-hearted, horses are dynamic generous and attract many friends. But they have a tendency to over-spend

Best matches: Tiger, sheep, dog

Year of the Sheep

Years of birth: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Celebrity sheep: Nicole Kidman, Matt LeBlanc, Bruce Willis

Character traits: Gentle, calm, kind, caring and polite, sheep are one of the most loved of the signs. Sometimes shy, sensitive and pessimistic, they have an artistic streak

Best matches: Rabbit, horse, pig

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