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Year of the ...
Rat
2008
1996
1984
1972
1960
1948
1936
1924
1912
1900
Ox
2009
1997
1985
1973
1961
1949
1937
1925
1913
1901
Tiger
2010
1998
1986
1974
1962
1950
1938
1926
1914
1902
Rabbit
2011
1999
1987
1975
1963
1951
1939
1927
1915
1903
Dragon
2012
2000
1988
1976
1964
1952
1940
1928
1916
1904
Snake
2013
2001
1989
1977
1965
1953
1941
1929
1917
1905
Horse
2014
2002
1990
1978
1966
1954
1942
1930
1918
1906
Ram
2015
2003
1991
1979
1967
1955
1943
1931
1919
1907
Monkey
2016
2004
1992
1980
1968
1956
1944
1932
1920
1908
Rooster
2017
2005
1993
1981
1969
1957
1945
1933
1921
1909
Dog
2018
2006
1994
1982
1970
1958
1946
1934
1922
1910
Boar
2019
2007
1995
1983
1971
1959
1947
1935
1923
1911
Elements
  • wood-green
  • fire-red
  • earth-brown
  • metal-white
  • water-black
  • The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the influences of the Moon. A full cycle lasts about 60 years, cycling through five elements and twelve animals (see chart 5 x 12 = 60). Each element cycle lasts two years with a Yang and a Yin. For example 2000 was Yang Metal and 2001 was Ying Metal.

    * The Chinese character for METAL is the same as the character for GOLD. While the color equivilent of metal is white, it may also be referred to as golden. For example 2001 can be referred to as the Year of the White Snake or the Year of the Golden Snake.