The 12 Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign are used for calculating the years. The 12 Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign constitutes the idea of the chain of time rather than the Western idea of time which is one- dimensional. The Chinese calendar is based on lunar cycles, whereas the Western calendar is based on solar cycles. The Chinese calendar starts from late January and early February.
The Chinese people do not follow this religiously though it is seen that these 12 Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign are required during a social event. When someone wants to know the age of another person he or she simply asks for his/her animal sign.
According to to Chinese legend it was believed that these 12 animals started fighting with each other one day regarding who will be the head of the cyclical years. Since the Gods had to decide who will be the head of the cyclical years, they said that whoever will go to the opposite bank of the river first would be claimed as the head while the rest of the animals would get their years in relation to when they complete racing.
Some of the characteristics of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animal Sign are as follows:
Rat: Imaginative, charming, and truly benevolent to the person you love and have a tendency to be quick-tempered and very critical. Motivated by money, can be greedy, is ever curious, seeks knowledge and truly welcomes challenges.
Ox: Inborn leader, you instill confidence from all around you. You are conservative, methodical, a goal-oriented leader, detail-oriented, hard-working, stubborn, serious and introverted but can feel lonely and insecure. You are not chauvinistic and always demanding in your own way.
Tiger: You are sensitive, emotional, and you can get great love. You can get carried away and be obstinate about what you think is right or you can be a rebel.
Rabbit: Popular, compassionate, sincere, and like to avoid conflict and are sometimes seen as pushovers. Rabbits enjoy home and entertainment at home.
Dragon: Full of energy and enthusiasm. You are intelligent, gifted, and a perfectionist.
Snake: You have wisdom and charm, you are romantic and deep thinking and your intuition prevails over you strongly.
Horse: You are very independent, intelligent and friendly, egotistical.
Goat: You can be a very good company. You are graceful and artistic but the first person to complain about things and pessimistic.
Monkey: You are very intelligent and energetic, upbeat, and good at listening but lack self-control.
Rooster: You are hard worker; shrewd and definite in decision making, practical, resourceful & observant.
Dog: You are honest, and committed to those you love, you have a sharp tongue, often guilty of telling white lies, temperamental, prone to mood swings, dogmatic, and sensitive.
Boar: You are an excellent companion, sincere, tolerant, and honest but by expecting the same from others, you are extremely inexperienced.