Chinese Years

Chinese Astrological Years are based on the lunar calendar, hence their start and end dates are inconsistent with the start of the Gregorian calendar year on 1st January.  The dates given in the following table are Gregorian (Western) dates that define the lunar year.

Year/ElementAnimalDates
1996 / Fire 19th February 1996 to 6th February 1997
1997 / Fire 7th February 1997 to 27th January 1998
1998 / Earth 28th January 1998 to 15th February 1999
1999 / Earth 16th February 1999 to 4th February 2000
2000 / Metal 5th February 2000 to 23rd January 2001
2001 / Metal 24th January 2001 to 11th February 2002
2002 / Water 12th February 2002 to 31st January 2003
2003 / Water 1st February 2003 to 21st January 2004
2004 / Wood 22nd January 2004 to 8th February 2005
2005 / Wood 9th February 2005 to 28th January 2006
2006 / Fire 29th January 2006 to 17th February 2007
2007 / Fire 18th February 2007 to 6th February 2008
2008 / Earth7th February 2008 to 25th January 2009
2009 / Earth26th January 2009 to 13th February 2010

The various programs on this site automatically convert Gregorian (Western) birth dates into the Chinese lunar calendar, taking account of 'leap months' as they occur.  For more information on the lunar calendar, see Lunar/Solar Calendar.