2015 is the Year of the Sheep according to the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese Zodiac (ShengXiao in Chinese) has twelve signs, and it is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, which is determined by the cycles of the moon. The western or Gregorian calendar, on the other hand, is based on the solar cycle, not the cycles of the moon.
The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year lunar cycle because the moon’s cycle repeats itself every 12 years. Therefore, there are 12 Chinese Zodiac signs, and these signs are the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and the Pig (as you can see in the picture below).
If you look at the order above, the animal that comes after the Sheep is the Monkey. Therefore, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, and 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, and so on. You can look at the chart below to determine your Chinese zodiac sign.
Chinese Zodiac Origins
The Chinese legend says that the Chinese zodiac signs began when Buddha decided to call all the animals on earth, and only twelve animals showed up. These animals are the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and the Pig. In order to determine the order of the animals in the zodiac cycle, he held an exciting race. The first animal that crossed the river would be assigned the first year, and the second animal for the second year in the cycle, and so on. The Ox was winning the race because of his strong and hardworking traits. Suddenly, the clever Rat, jumped on the back of the Ox, and he did not feel that the Rat was getting a free ride. Right before reading the shore, the Rat jumped on the land and won the race. The Ox came in second, and the pig was the last one to arrive. The order of the animals in the Chinese zodiac is based on the race.
What is My Chinese Zodiac
You can look up your animal sign by referring to the year you were born and matching it up with the animal in the table below.