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Chinese Zodiac Rat Chinese Zodiac Ox Chinese Zodiac Tiger Chinese Zodiac Rabbit Chinese Zodiac Dragon Chinese Zodiac Snake Chinese Zodiac Horse Chinese Zodiac sheep Chinese Zodiac Monkey Chinese Zodiac Rooster Chinese Zodiac Dog Chinese Zodiac Pig
Chinese Zodiac [Rat] Chinese Zodiac [Ox] Chinese Zodiac [Tiger] Chinese Zodiac [Rabbit]
Chinese Zodiac [Dragon] Chinese Zodiac [Snake] Chinese Zodiac [Horse] Chinese Zodiac [Sheep]
Chinese Zodiac [Monkey] Chinese Zodiac [Rooster] Chinese Zodiac [Dog] Chinese Zodiac [Pig]

2012 Chinese Zodiac, Year of Dragon

Chinese Zodiac, Chinese Astrology, Overview

The Chinese Zodiac is based on Chinese Lunar calendar. Twelve animal signs are used to record the year in 12-year cycle. The Chinese 12 Zodiac signs are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Lamb, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Asking a person's zodiac sign is a traditional way for Chinese to recall his or her age since one's age correspond to one's animal Zodiac sign. The 12 animal zodiac signs have been a long-standing and distinctive Chinese culture. There are also five elements - metal (gold), wood, water, fire, and earth that integrate with the cycle of zodiac animals. A person's year sign could be a gold dragon, a wood ox, and so on. Chinese horoscopes have been developed around 12 zodiac animal signs together with 5 elements to predict a person's personality, degree of success and happiness in the future by the characteristics of his or her animal zodiac sign with a particular element. The 12 Chinese Zodiac shows a clear and non-technical cultural concept, which is different from the Western zodiac. The 12 Chinese zodiac tradition remains a vital part of Chinese culture today. Chinese people enjoy the interesting concept and its long history, though most are not serious about the fortune telling part of it.

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