What is Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a special time for people across the world. It signifies a new beginning and, as each year is signified by a different animal, helps some people to think about how the following year will be different and special. It happens on a different time each year, and is always slightly later than the Western New Year. But when does Chinese New Year fall in 2019 and which animal is it this time around?
When is Chinese New Year 2019?
Chinese New Year starts on Friday 16 February. Preparations for the New Year begin on 28 January, 2019, and last until New Years Eve. The dates for Chinese New Year differ each year as it is based on the lunar calendar and normally falls between 21 January and 20 February. The Chinese New Year has been associated with the Chinese Zodiac since the Spring Autumn Period.
Which animal is it this year?
The Chinese Zodiac runs on a cycle of 12 years, with each year denoting one of the 12 animals. The 12 animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Explosions light up New York skyline during fire at energy facility Mothers must decide which child survives in devastating Yemen crisis Five monks tied up after thugs burst in to church 'demanding money' Intriguingly, there are different varieties of these animals too. This year is known as the year of the Pig and more specifically 2019.
What is Chinese zodiac animal of every year?
- Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
- Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
- Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
- Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
- Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
- Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
- Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
- Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
- Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
- Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
- Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
- Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
Birth name according Chinese zodiac animal of every year
In Chinese astrology, each year is named after an animal, and if you are born in that year, you take some of that animal's characteristics. This is the story of how each year go its name, and it also explains why there is no year of the cat, and why cats hate rats to much. We thought you might like to look up your own year, and find out who you really are ! So we've included a chart in the text.