Chinese New Year - Chinese Zodiac - Panda-monium?

Real Estate Agent with Inactive

Chinese New Year begins according to the Chinese calendar which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February. Accordingly, the Chinese New Year is Jan 23, 2012, which their zodiac designates as the year of the Dragon.

Interestingly, the chinese zodiac does not use China's most recognizable & most popular animal, the panda, as a sign in the Zodiac.

The following 12 animals represent the rotating 12-year cycle that is the basis for the Chinese Zodiac:

Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, & Pig.


Posted by

George Bennett, Principal Broker, Affiliated, GRI in Port Orford, OR 97465

Affiliated with 'Neath The Wind Realty Inc.

Comments (7)

Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Well, it's time to ring in the New Year with a little Dim Sum in Downtown Portland Chinatown for me tomorrow!!  And you know, I never thought about the Panda not being in their zodiac.  I'm sure there's a reason.

Jan 22, 2012 07:06 AM
George Bennett
Inactive - Port Orford, OR
Inactive Principal Broker, GRI

Hi Carla,

There are more than a few stories/legends that describe races, or a banquet, or the Buddha summoned all of the animals to be with him before his departure from earth and these were the only ones that showed up. It is good to have a choice and we can pick the story we like.

Jan 22, 2012 05:24 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

My husband is a big fan of Asian food of all kinds. He's also a chef and he makes the best Thai food. Well because of his passion, I'm really familiar with the Chinese Calendar. I'm a snake.

Feb 10, 2012 06:36 PM
George Bennett
Inactive - Port Orford, OR
Inactive Principal Broker, GRI

I love Thai food. Life must be good in the Laity home. I was born in the year of the Pig.

Feb 10, 2012 06:48 PM
Sherry Peckhoon Sim
Sims & Company - Cayucos, CA
Broker/Owner, Covering the Beautiful Central Coast

Hi George, I am of Chinese origin though I hail from Singapore. On Jan 23, I had big community celebration at my office in Cayucos, with lion dancers from the Cal Poly Dance Team. I should post some photos.  It's a beautiful to celebrate my culture in our seaside town.

Mar 22, 2012 05:41 PM
George Bennett
Inactive - Port Orford, OR
Inactive Principal Broker, GRI

Hi Sherry,

It sounds like an exciting and fun time. I would love to see your photos.

Mar 23, 2012 02:21 AM
David Witten

Please sign a petition to add PANDA BEAR to the Chinese Zodiac.

Dec 24, 2014 02:11 AM