Dragon (zodiac)


The Dragon (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ) is the fifth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Dragon is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol , pronounced chen.

It has been proposed by one academic researcher that the Earthly Branch character may have been associated with scorpions; it may have symbolized the star Antares.[1] In the Buddhist calendar used in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka, the Dragon is replaced by the nāga.[2] In the Gurung zodiac, the Dragon is replaced by the eagle.[3]

Years and the Five Elements

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the "Year of the Dragon", while bearing the following elemental sign:

Start date End date Heavenly branch
16 February 1904 3 February 1905 Wood Dragon
4 February 1916 22 January 1917 Fire Dragon
23 January 1928 9 February 1929 Earth Dragon
8 February 1940 26 January 1941 Metal Dragon
27 January 1952 13 February 1953 Water Dragon
13 February 1964 1 February 1965 Wood Dragon
31 January 1976 17 February 1977 Fire Dragon
17 February 1988 5 February 1989 Earth Dragon
5 February 2000 23 January 2001 Metal Dragon
23 January 2012 9 February 2013 Water Dragon
10 February 2024 28 January 2025 Wood Dragon
28 January 2036 14 February 2037 Fire Dragon
14 February 2048 1 February 2049 Earth Dragon
2 February 2060 20 January 2061 Metal Dragon
19 February 2072 6 February 2073 Water Dragon
6 February 2084 25 January 2085 Wood Dragon
25 January 2096 11 February 2097 Fire Dragon

There are typically marked spikes in the birth rates of countries that use the Chinese zodiac or places with substantial Overseas Chinese populations during the year of the Dragon, because such "Dragon babies" are considered to be lucky and have desirable characteristics that supposedly lead to better life outcomes.[4][5] The relatively recent phenomenon of planning a child’s birth in the Dragon year has led to hospital overcapacity issues and even an uptick in infant mortality rates toward the end of these years due to strained neonatal resources.[6]

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Jahr des Drachen
العربية: برج التنين
Bân-lâm-gú: Sîn (tē-chi)
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Sìn (thi-chṳ̂)
한국어: 진 (지지)
Bahasa Indonesia: Naga (shio)
Bahasa Melayu: Naga (zodiak)
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Sìng (dê-ciĕ)
Nederlands: Draak (astrologie)
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Ajdar davr
português: Dragão (zodíaco)
ไทย: มะโรง
українська: Дракон (зодіак)
Vahcuengh: Saenz (deihcei)
Tiếng Việt: Thìn
粵語: 辰 (地支)