The Chinese zodiac

Analyzing the various animals and their significance

Jahan Razavi

With Chinese New Year arriving on Feb. 5, the zodiac animal will transition from a dog to a pig. To the Chinese culture, these animals forecast a compatibility between people for relationships, as well as what the next year will bring for them. Each has its lucky numbers that, when found in life, are thought to bring good fortune. As a result, people would try to find characteristics that follow these numbers, such as living on the eighth floor of a building or owning a phone number with eight in it. Hover over each of the animals for a brief explanation of their personalities, as well as what is supposedly lucky for them.

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