Chinese New Year Zodiac Story

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In 2022, it is the year of the tiger for Chinese New Year and this means those born in the year of the tiger are kind, adventurous and enthusiastic but also display aggressive, short tempered and anxious traits.  It’s also associated with strength, bravery and courage.

It features one of five elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Metal and Earth), applied to Tiger years on a rotating basis. This year is a water Tiger, the first of its kind since 1962.

People born in a water tiger year are thought to be very loyal to the family and have strong relationships with others in their life.

Previous years of the tiger come in 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and this year, 2022.

 Lucky things for people born in the Year of the tiger are:

lucky numbers are 1, 3 and 4 and numbers containing them e.g. 13 and 43

Lucky colours: blue, grey and orange

lucky flowers: yellow lily and cineraria

lucky directions: east, north and south

Things that Tigers should avoid:

  • Unlucky numbers: 6, 7, and 8 and numbers containing them (like 67 and 87)
  • Unlucky color: brown
  • Unlucky direction: southwest
  • Unlucky months: the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 11th Chinese lunar months

Love: 2022 is a good year for Tigers to get married. Single Tigers will have a big chance to find a boyfriend/girlfriend. Tigers at the age of 24 or 36 need to pay more attention to managing relationships as their luck in love will fluctuate in 2022.

Career: Tigers will have opportunities to get promoted in 2022. After working hard for many years, Tigers will finally get approval from their leaders. Tigers, don’t be too high-profile, otherwise you may incur trouble and jealousy from petty colleagues.

Wealth: Tigers should be careful of entering into monetary relationships with others in 2022. Don’t expect a big windfall or massive achievement. Reasonably spending their money will help Tigers to go through 2022 smoothly. In their birth sign year, Tigers are not suggested to invest much in stocks or funds.


People born in the year of the Rat are thought to be intelligent, crafty and optimistic. However, they may also be rude, ruthless or nervous.

They’re born in: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032


Ox’s positive qualities include being honest, loyal and hard-working. But they can be stubborn and judgemental.

Ox’s are born in: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033


Those born in the year of the Rabbit are believed to be clever, compassionate and generous. Their negative traits include being over-cautious and vain.

You’re a Rabbit if your birth year falls on: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023, 2035


The fifth place in the Great Race was the Dragon thought to be brave, charismatic and a natural leader. They can be seen as the most desirable sign.

Their supposed lack of willpower, inflexibility and stubbornness can be seen as their weaknesses.

Dragon’s are born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024, 2036


The Snake’s positive qualities are being wise, sympathetic and intuitive. It is also associated with being jealous, vain and materialistic.

Half-way through the Zodiac signs are those born in 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037


Qualities of the Horse include honesty, being talented and a dream-chaser. However, they can be overconfident, short-tempered and impatient at times.

They are born in: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026, 2038


Goats or Sheep are considered to be resilient, strong and compassionate but also indecisive, anxious and disorganised.

A goat or sheep is born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039


The Year of the Monkey people are believed to be charming, intelligent and confident. Their bad qualities are being impatient, arrogant and self-centred.

The charming Zodiac animal is born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040


Roosters are supposedly decisive, capable and honest. They can be incentive, controlling and critical of others sometimes.

Five years ago was the last year of the Rooster and the other years include 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028, 2040


Those born in the Year of the Dog are loyal, brave and responsible. The negative attributes associated with them is being too sensitive, stubborn and cynical.

Second to last of the Chinese animal’s are born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042


The pig finished in last place in the old folk’s tale but they have good qualities like being intelligent, creative and compassionate. Their weaknesses can be being insecure, gullible and emotional.

Pig’s are born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043

There was a race that the Jade Emperor decided would measure time. He told the animals there should be a race across the river, and the winner would be the animal the Chinese New Year would be named after, then every other animal would have their year named after where they finished.  

All the animals lined up at the side of the river, the rat and cat were good friends but worried as they weren’t great swimmers, they were clever and asked the Ox if he could carry them across. The Ox said of course climb on my back and I’ll help you across.  

The rat and cat jumped up and were excited when the ox took the lead, they nearly reached the other side when the rat pushed the cat into the river leaving him to struggle. Just as the ox was about to win, the rat leapt on his head and onto the bank first.  The emperor said well done, the first year of the zodiac will be named after you. The poor ox had been tricked into 2nd  and the 2nd year would be named after him.  

Then, the exhausted tiger clawed his way onto the bank to come 3rd, it was an enormous struggle so the emperor named the 3rd year after him.  

The rabbit was cheeky as he didn’t swim, he hopped on stepping stones and found a log floating which carried him to shore, the 4th year named after him.  

The dragon swooped down to take 5th, he made rain because some people need to drink water, then he saw rabbit on a log so blew a puff of wind, and the 5th year was named after him. 

Next, the emperor heard the sound of horses’ hooves so thought the horse would be next, but the snake wriggled out from one of them, and the horse was so surprised he stepped back, which allowed the snake to take 6th, the horse settled for 7th.   

A raft helped monkey, goat and rooster across. They told the emperor that they’d shared the raft that the rooster found, the goat and monkey cleared weeds and pushed it to shore, the emperor was pleased they’d  worked together. The goat would be the eight zodiac animal the horse 9th and the rooster 10th.  

Next to finish was the dog, the emperor asked Why are you so late when youre one of the best swimmers? The dog explained that the water was so clean, he had to take a bath on the way. He was named the 11th zodiac animal. 

There was one  final place and the emperor wondered where the last animal was. He heard a grunt from the boar, who explained he was hungry and had to stop on the way for something to eat, he was tired and fell asleep. The emperor said he’d still done well and named him the 12th and final zodiac animal.  

Finally, the cat who had been pushed crawled his way out of the water, but was too late to have a year named after him, he felt very angry with the rat and since then cats have ever been friends with rats. From that day to the present, Chinese Zodiac has followed this cycle of years named after the animals.  

The Great Race – Chinese Zodiac | Folk Tale Time | A Cool School Folk Tale – YouTube 

Here is a video of the story of the Great Race

Tell us what year of the zodiac you are, and what your favourite animal is from the zodiac.


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