Since 1930, the Year of the Sheep falls every 12 years, beginning in 1931. Due to the translation from Chinese to English, the Year of the Sheep can also be called the Year of the Goat.
The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, with each year represented by an animal. People born in each year are believed to have a unique connection to that year’s animal. The five elements of fire, water, earth, wood and metal also play a part in the Chinese zodiac. Each animal is paired with an element, with the combination repeating every 60 years.
The sheep falls eighth in the 12-year cycle, just after the horse and before the monkey. People born in the Year of the Sheep are believed to be good matches with people born in the Year of the Pig or the Year of the Horse. The Year of the Rooster and the Year of the Tiger are thought to be among the least compatible. Those born in the Year of the Sheep are thought to have creative, calm, thoughtful and introverted personalities. Lucky colors include red and purple, while carnations and primroses are considered to be the lucky flowers.
Some celebrities born in the Year of the Sheep include Michelangelo, Nicole Kidman and Bruce Willis.