The year 2009 is Year of the Earth Ox from the Chinese astrology perspective. However, the Year of the Earth Ox will commence only come January 27, 2009 based on the Chinese Lunar New Year. The Chinese Lunar New Year is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2600BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. Like the Western calendar, the Chinese Lunar Calendar is a yearly one, with the start of the lunar year being based on the cycles of the moon. Therefore, because of this cyclical dating, the beginning of the year can fall anywhere bxetween late January and the middle of February. A complete cycle takes 60 years and is made up of five cycles of 12 years each.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar names each of the twelve years after an animal. Legend has it that the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from earth. Only twelve came to bid him farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying: “This is the animal that hides in your heart.”

Rat 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996
Ox 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997
Tiger 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998
Rabbit 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999
Dragon 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000
Snake 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001
Horse 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002
Sheep 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003
Monkey 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004
Rooster 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005
Dog 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006
Boar 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007

Animal Type and Year

Year of The Year Chinese New Year
Wood Rat 1984 February 2
Wood Ox 1985 February 20
Fire Tiger 1986 February 9
Fire Hare 1987 January 29
Earth Dragon 1988 February 17
Earth Snake 1989 February 6
Metal Horse 1990 January 27
Metal Sheep 1991 February 15
Water Monkey 1992 February 4
Water Rooster 1993 January 23
Wood Dog 1994 February 9
Wood Pig 1995 January 31
Fire Rat 1996 February 19
Fire Ox 1997 February 7
Earth Tiger 1998 January 28
Earth Hare 1999 February 16
Metal Dragon 2000 February 5
Metal Snake 2001 January 24
Water Horse 2002 February 12
Water Sheep 2003 February 1
Wood Monkey 2004 January 22
Wood Rooster 2005 February 9
Fire Dog 2006 January 29
Fire Pig 2007 February 18
Earth Rat 2008 February 7
Earth Ox 2009 January 26
Metal Tiger 2010 February 14
Metal Hare 2011 February 3
Water Dragon 2012 January 23
Water Snake 2013 February 10
Wood Horse 2014 January 31
Wood Sheep 2015 February 19
Fire Monkey 2016 February 8
Fire Rooster 2017 January 28
Earth Dog 2018 February 16
Earth Pig 2019 February 5
Metal Rat 2020 January 25
Metal Ox 2021 February 12
Water Tiger 2022 February 1
Water Hare 2023 January 22
Wood Dragon 2024 February 10
Wood Snake 2025 January 29
Fire Horse 2026 February 17
Fire Sheep 2027 February 6
Earth Monkey 2028 January 26
Earth Rooster 2029 February 13
Metal Dog 2030 February 3
Metal Pig 2031 January 23
Water Rat 2032 February 11
Water Ox 2033 January 31
Wood Tiger 2034 February 19
Wood Hare 2035 February 8
Fire Dragon 2036 January 28
Fire Snake 2037 February 15
Earth Horse 2038 February 4
Earth Sheep 2039 January 24
Metal Monkey 2040 February 12
Metal Rooster 2041 February 1
Water Dog 2042 January 22
Water Pig 2043 February 10

Sources:

  1. www.Wikipedia.com
  2. www.chinese.new-year.co.uk/calendar.htm