by Amanda Applebyinfo@amandaappleby.com

Chinese Zodiac Gifts

The Chinese Years:
The Chinese zodiac is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Your Chinese Zodiac sign is derived from your birth year, according to the Chinese lunar calendar.
Legend has it that one day the gods ordered that animals be designated as signs of the years, and the twelve animals that arrived first were selected ... But in fact, the 12 animals were chosen deliberately, after many revisions. The zodiac animals are either closely related to ancient Chinese people’s daily lives, or have lucky meanings - the ox, horse, goat, rooster, pig, and dog are six of the main domestic animals raised by Chinese people. The other six animals: rat, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, and monkey are all loved and respected in China.
It is believed that the years represented by the animals affect the characters of people in the same way as the western astrology signs do!

Rat:

Rats are intelligent, charming, elegant and passionate.
Lucky gemstone: garnet
Lucky colours: blue, gold, green

 

  • 24 January 1936 to 10 February 1937
  • 10 February 1948 to 28 January 1949
  • 28 January 1960 to 14 February 1961
  • 15 February 1972 to 2 February 1973
  • 2 February 1984 to 19 February 1985
  • 19 February 1996 to 6 February 1997
  • 7 February 2008 to 25 January 2009
  • 25 January 2020 to 11 February 2021

Ox:

Oxen are patient, reliable, determined and hard-working.
Lucky gemstone: aquamarine
Lucky colours: white, yellow, green

 

  • 11 February 1937 to 30 January 1938
  • 29 January 1949 to 16 February 1950
  • 15 February 1961 to 4 February 1962
  • 3 February 1973 to 22 January 1974
  • 20 February 1985 to 8 February 1986
  • 7 February 1997 to 27 January 1998
  • 26 January 2009 to 13 February 2010
  • 12 February 2021 to 31 January 2022

Tiger:

Tigers are attractive, passionate, protective and intuitive.
Lucky gemstone: sapphire
Lucky colours: blue, grey, orange, white

 

  • 31 January 1938 to 18 February 1939
  • 17 February 1950 to 5 February 1951
  • 5 February 1962 to 24 January 1963
  • 23 January 1974 to 10 February 1975
  • 9 February 1986 to 28 January 1987
  • 28 January 1998 to 15 February 1999
  • 14 February 2010 to 2 February 2011
  • 1 February 2022 to 21 January 2023

Rabbit:

Rabbits are sociable, affectionate, diplomatic and sensitive.
Lucky gemstone: pearl
Lucky colours: red, pink, purple, blue

 

  • 19 February 1939 to 7 February 1940
  • 6 February 1951 to 26 January 1952
  • 25 January 1963 to 12 February 1964
  • 11 February 1975 to 30 January 1976
  • 29 January 1987 to 16 February 1988
  • 16 February 1999 to 4 February 2000
  • 3 February 2011 to 22 January 2012
  • 22 January 2023 to 9 February 2024

Dragon:

Dragons are courageous, tenacious, intelligent, enthusiastic and confident.
Lucky gemstone: amethyst
Lucky colours: gold, silver, hoary

 

  • 8 February 1940 to 26 January 1941
  • 27 January 1952 to 13 February 1953
  • 13 February 1964 to 1 February 1965
  • 31 January 1976 to 17 February 1977
  • 17 February 1988 to 5 February 1989
  • 5 February 2000 to 23 January 2001
  • 23 January 2012 to 9 February 2013
  • 10 February 2024 to 28 January 2025

Snake:

Snakes are private, reticent, determined, intelligent and wise.
Lucky gemstone: opal
Lucky colours: black, red, yellow

 

  • 27 January 1941 to 14 February 1942
  • 14 February 1953 to 2 February 1954
  • 2 February 1965 to 20 January 1966
  • 18 February 1977 to 6 February 1978
  • 6 February 1989 to 26 January 1990
  • 24 January 2001 to 11 February 2002
  • 10 February 2013 to 30 January 2014
  • 29 January 2025 to 16 February 2026

Horse:

Horses are animated, active and energetic.
Lucky gemstone: topaz
Lucky colours: yellow, green

 

  • 15 February 1942 to 4 February 1943
  • 3 February 1954 to 23 January 1955
  • 21 January 1966 to 8 February 1967
  • 7 February 1978 to 27 January 1979
  • 27 January 1990 to 14 February 1991
  • 12 February 2002 to 31 January 2003
  • 31 January 2014 to 18 February 2015
  • 17 February 2026 to 5 February 2027

Goat:

Goats are shy, sympathetic, creative and resilient.
Lucky gemstone: emerald
Lucky colours: green, red, purple

 

  • 5 February 1943 to 24 January 1944
  • 24 January 1955 to 11 February 1956
  • 9 February 1967 to 29 January 1968
  • 28 January 1979 to 15 February 1980
  • 15 February 1991 to 3 February 1992
  • 1 February 2003 to 21 January 2004
  • 19 February 2015 to 7 February 2016
  • 6 February 2027 to 25 January 2028

Monkey:

Monkeys are intelligent, witty, curious, clever and creative.
Lucky gemstone: peridot
Lucky colours: white, blue, gold

 

  • 25 January 1944 to 12 February 1945
  • 12 February 1956 to 30 January 1957
  • 30 January 1968 to 16 February 1969
  • 16 February 1980 to 4 February 1981
  • 4 February 1992 to 22 January 1993
  • 21 January 2004 to 8 February 2005
  • 8 February 2016 to 27 January 2017
  • 26 January 2028 to 12 February 2029

Rooster:

Roosters are active, honest, loyal and outspoken.
Lucky gemstone: citrine
Lucky colours: gold, brown, yellow

 

  • 13 February 1945 to 1 February 1946
  • 31 January 1957 to 17 February 1958
  • 17 February 1969 to 5 February 1970
  • 5 February 1981 to 24 January 1982
  • 23 January 1993 to 9 February 1994
  • 9 February 2005 to 28 January 2006
  • 28 January 2017 to 15 February 2018
  • 13 February 2029 to 2 February 2030

Dog:

Dogs are loyal, honest, kind and cautious.
Lucky gemstone: diamond
Lucky colours: red, green, purple

 

  • 2 February 1946 to 21 January 1947
  • 18 February 1958 to 7 February 1959
  • 6 February 1970 to 26 January 1971
  • 25 January 1982 to 12 February 1983
  • 10 February 1994 to 30 January 1995
  • 29 January 2006 to 17 February 2007
  • 16 February 2018 to 4 February 2019
  • 2 February 2030 to 22 January 2031

Pig:

Pigs are generous, compassionate, calm and diligent.
Lucky gemstone: ruby
Lucky colours: yellow, grey, gold, brown

 

  • 22 January 1947 to 9 February 1948
  • 8 February 1959 to 27 January 1960
  • 27 January 1971 to 14 February 1972
  • 13 February 1983 to 1 February 1984
  • 31 January 1995 to 18 February 1996
  • 18 February 2007 to 6 February 2008
  • 5 February 2019 to 24 January 2020
  • 23 January 2031 to 10 February 2032
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