Happy Chinese New Year: which zodiac animal are you?

It's Chinese New Year on Monday 8 February, and if born in the year of the monkey, it's your moment. Find out which zodiac animal you are, and what this might say about you - in distinctly Mumsnet* terms 

*may not be peer-reviewed

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Those born in: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932 and 1920 

Best matched with: Dragon, Rat 

Characteristics: Charming, inventive, diplomatic, fickle, passionate, energetic 

Least likely to say: "...I'd rather lie here with [wine] and [cake], thanks."

Sheep (aka Ram, Goat)  

Those born in: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931 and 1919

Best matched with: Rabbit, Pig, Horse

Characteristics: Insecure, sensitive, innocent, artistic, dreamy

Least likely to say: "This zodiac lark is a load of old woo."


Those born in: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942 and 1930

Best matched with: Tiger, Dog, Sheep 

Characteristics: Charismatic, hard-working, self-reliant, adventurous, rebellious

Least likely to say: "I think I'll just comply with the grabby wedding poem and transfer the money straight into their bank account."


Those born in: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929

Best matched with: Ox, Rooster

Characteristics: Sympathetic, jealous, intuitive, enterprising

Least likely to say: "I'll never get more than one meal out of this chicken."

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Those born in: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928
Best matched with: Rat, Snake, Monkey, Rooster
Characteristics:Enthusiastic, hot-headed, confident, aggressive, courageous, tenacious
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Those born in: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928

Best matched with: Rat, Snake, Monkey, Rooster

Characteristics: Enthusiastic, hot-headed, confident, aggressive, courageous, tenacious

Least likely to say: "I won't say anything to that other mother at soft play. I'm sure her seven-year-old didn't mean to knock my toddler out."



Those born in: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927

Best matched with: Sheep, Dog, Pig

Characteristics: Ambitious, kind, stylish, wise, cautious, romantic

Least likely to say: "LTB. Now."


Those born in: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 19264

Best matched with: Horse, Dragon, Dog

Characteristics: Exasperating, noble, affectionate, loyal, unpredictable, commanding

Least likely to say: "First-time poster, long-time lurker."


Those born in: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925

Best matched with: Rat, Snake, Rooster 

Characteristics: Thoughtful, patient, self-assured, stubborn, dogmatic

Least likely to say: "Maybe I am being unreasonable."


Those born in: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960

Best matched with: Dragon, Monkey, Ox

Characteristics: Loving, trustworthy, restless, industrious, organised

Least likely to say: "A spreadsheet of who's doing which after-school club and when? Why on earth would I need one of those?"



Those born in: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935

Best matched with: Rabbit, Sheep

Characteristics: Tolerant, idealistic, caring, polite

Least likely to say: "YABVVU. HTH."


Those born in: 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922

Best matched with: Horse, Tiger, Rabbit 

Characteristics: Faithful, retiring, anxious, honourable, reliable, judgemental

Least likely to say: "Judgey-pants? I've no idea what you mean."


Those born in: 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933, 1921

Best matched with: Ox, Snake, Dragon

Characteristics: Well-dressed, sociable, accomplished, practical, shrewd, daring, outspoken

Least likely to say: "I'll give my MIL the benefit of the doubt - I'm sure she didn't mean to be so rude." 

The Chinese calendar is lunar, so if your birthday is in January or early February, have a look at the animal for the year before.

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