What Chinese Zodiac Sign Are You? BuzzFeed Video Offers A Quick Lesson In Astrology
A belated happy Chinese Lunar New Year. For those of us who lack the full scope of Chinese zodiac knowledge, BuzzFeed has provided us with a crash course titled “What Chinese Zodiac Sign Are You?” Because the more you know, right?Something to point out for anyone confused about this year’s symbol: According to article from NPR titled “Whatever Floats Your Goat,” this year’s zodiac animal is the point of some debate. A goat, ram, and sheep have all been used to represent this 2015’s zodiac. And while the English translation of “yang” in ancient Mandarin does in fact mean goat, in contemporary translations all three can be correct, says Lala Zuo, a Chinese language and culture professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland.
Over at Quartz, Nikhil Sonnad writes that the Chinese dictionary definition of “yang” comes up as “A grass-eating mammal, usually horned, of which there are many types including mianyang, shanyang…” But as we scramble for the correct terminology for this year’s zodiac, he adds that “Chinese speakers seem happy to let it remain an open question.” Fair enough.
Want to know which zodiac applies to your birth year? Check them out below, and then watch the video at the bottom to see what each animal represents in your personality.
1. Year of the Rat
This one applies people born in 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008.
2. Year of the Ox
For anyone born in 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, or 2009!
3. Year of the Tiger
Your symbol is a Tiger if you were born in 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, or 2010.
4. Year of the Rabbit
1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, or 2011? You’re the Rabbit!
5. Year of the Dragon
If you were born in 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, or 2012, you’ve got probably the coolest zodiac (and one of the only mythical ones).
6. Year of the Snake
1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2013, you’re in good company with this one.
7. Year of the Horse
This one’s for anyone born in 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, or 2002.
8. Year of the Sheep
How about if you were born in 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, or 2003? Sheep! (All you fashionistas will appreciate this one.)
9. Year of the Monkey
If you were born in 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, or 2004, your zodiac is the monkey.
10. Year of the Rooster
1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, and 2005 babies are all Year of the Rooster.
11. Year of the Dog
If your birth date was in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, or 2006, you dog.
12. Year of the Pig
And last but not least, if you were born in 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, or 2007, you are Year of the Pig! (One of the smartest animals, it’s worth stating.)