The Chinese use the Luna calendar for their festivals – calculating how many times the moon goes around the earth, where as we base our year on how many times the earth goes around the sun. Because the Luna cycle is on average 29.5 days, every few years the Chinese have to add an extra month to their year. That is why their new year will normally fall sometime between the 21 January and the 21 of February, this year the Chinese new year is due to fall on the 31 of January 2014.
The Chinese celebrate the new year for around 15 days, and each year the Chinese Calendar is represented by 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, this includes the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, the Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. 2014 is the year of the horse, which is one of the Chinese’s favourite animals being a symbol of travel and success.
To find out which zodiac animal represents the year you were born in please check out the chart below:
To find out more about the characteristics of your Zodiac sign please check out this website http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/