Chinese Horoscope - Name of Animal Years

Sometimes people confuse about the animal name of their birth year when they were born in January or February. The reason is that the Chinese Astrology (Four Pillars, Eight Characters or Zi Wei Dou Shu) and Chinese Horoscope (zodiacs or animals) websites give people different answers.

The first day of the Chinese calendar year using in the Chinese Horoscope is the Chinese New Year day, which is the first lunar day of Chinese first lunar month. The Chinese New Year is in between January 20 and February 20.

The first day of the Chinese astrology calendar year using in the Chinese Astrology is the first day of the Tiger month. The day is always around February 4.

In short, Chinese Horoscope uses the Chinese lunar calendar and Chinese Astrology uses the Chinese astrology calendar, which is a solar calendar.

Which calendar should we use?

In Chinese lunar calendar, we use numbers to name the months. For example, we say 7th lunar month or leap 7th lunar months. In Chinese astrology calendar, we use animal names to name the months and years. For example, we say Tiger month or Dragon year. Therefore, it makes more sense to using the Chinese astrology calendar to find our animal name of the birth year.

Animal sign table by birth years

19001912192419361948196019721984199620082020
19011913192519371949196119731985199720092021
19021914192619381950196219741986199820102022
19031915192719391951196319751987199920112023
19041916192819401952196419761988200020122024
19051917192919411953196519771989200120132025
19061918193019421954196619781990200220142026
19071919193119431955196719791991200320152027
19081920193219441956196819801992200420162028
19091921193319451957196919811993200520172029
19101922193419461958197019821994200620182030
19111923193519471959197119831995200720192031