Chinese New Year – Animals and Their Attributes

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Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year of 2130, the Year of the Monkey, begins on February 8, 2016. The Chinese calendar is based on a twelve year cycle, each year in that cycle relates to an animal sign.

Chinese tradition shows people born under an animal share certain personality traits and human characteristics. Look for the year of your birth, what are the traits associated with this animal? Do these traits apply to you? Do they apply to your friends born in the same year?

Another part of the Chinese New Year tradition is to wish peace and happiness for everyone. Chinese New Year is often accompanied by enthusiastic greetings, such as: “May all your wishes be fulfilled,” “May your happiness be without limit.”

Chinese tradition shows people born under an animal share certain personality traits and human characteristics. Look for the year of your birth, what are the traits associated with this animal? Do these traits apply to you? Do they apply to your friends born in the same year?

Another part of the Chinese New Year tradition is to wish peace and happiness for everyone. Chinese New Year is often accompanied by enthusiastic greetings, such as: “May all your wishes be fulfilled,” “May your happiness be without limit.”

Activity:

Make a drawing of an animal and have this animal send a greeting to a hospitalized child. e.g.: “Sending you patience and calm from this trustworthy Ox.”  See SoaringAnimal messages from P.S. 1 students in New York City

What animal are YOU?

Rat: You are loving, a keeper of secrets, charming, hard-working, ambitious and bright. You are adventurous, sociable, artistic and deep thinking. Born in the year: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924, 1912, 1900

Ox: You are patient, easy going and slow to anger. You are hardworking, dependable, calm and trustworthy. You are a born leader and like to follow rules. Born in the year: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925, 1913, 1901

Tiger: You are passionate, powerful, daring, sincere and generous. You are proud, courageous, unpredictable and sympathetic. You are proud and affectionate. Born in the year: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914, 1902

Rabbit: You are a good friend, kind, and gentle, soft spoken and tender. You are shy, lucky, flexible, artistic and affectionate. You are sensitive to beauty and aim for peace in your life. Born in the year: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927, 1915, 1903

Dragon: You are strong, successful, self-assured, proud, passionate and decisive. You are bold and loyal. You are eccentric, filled with energy and always on the go. You are powerful, wealthy and wise. Born in the year: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, 1916, 1904

Snake: You are a deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful and creative. You are elegant, sensible, talkative, open minded and intense. Born in the year: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929, 1917, 1905

Horse: You are cheerful, talkative, popular and clever. You are quick-witted, capable, magnetic, open-minded and intelligent. Born in the year: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954,1942, 1930, 1918, 1906

Sheep/Ram: You are sincere, observant, peaceful and generous. You are sensible, creative and elegant. You are tender, sympathetic and sometimes shy. Born in the year: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, 1907

Monkey: You are original and talented, charming, quick-witted and inquisitive. You are self-assured, sociable, polite, artistic, and intelligent. You are able to influence people and are successful at almost anything. Born in the year: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932, 1920, 1908

Rooster: You are dependable, adventurous and forgiving. You are neat and organized, decisive and responsible. You are scientific, enjoy learning and not afraid to work. Born in the year: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921, 1909

Dog: You are intelligent, responsible, gracious, honest, straightforward, loyal and sincere. You are sociable, open-minded, affectionate, sensitive and easy going. You are fair and work well with others. Born in the year: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934. 1922, 1910

Pig: You are trustworthy and trusting, loyal, peace-loving, patient, sincere and calm.  You are brave, noble and understanding. You are hard-working, passionate and intelligent. Born in the year: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1911