It’s the Year of the Tiger – Which tiger are you?

With the Lunar New Year and Year of the Tiger approaching on 1st February, here is an exclusive extract from Anita Mangan’s book The Chinese Zodiac: A Seriously Silly Guide, to help you find out which kind of Tiger you are…

The Chinese New Year is based upon the phases of the moon and can fall anytime between late January and the end of February. Your Chinese zodiac is based on your birth year and each year is represented by an animal. Each animal gets the spotlight once every 12 years.



Tiger Tiger, is water, wood, metal, fire or earth your thing? That depends on when you graced the earth with your presence.

31 JAN 1938 – 18 FEB 1939 ……………. EARTH TIGER

17 FEB 1950 – 5 FEB 1951 ……………….METAL TIGER

5 FEB 1962 – 24 JAN 1963 ……………..WATER TIGER

23 JAN 1974 – 10 FEB 1975……………..WOOD TIGER

9 FEB 1986 – 28 JAN 1987 ………………….FIRE TIGER

28 JAN 1998 – 15 FEB 1999 …………… EARTH TIGER

14 FEB 2010 – 2 FEB 2011 ………………METAL TIGER

1 FEB 2022 – 21 JAN 2023 …………….WATER TIGER


Of all the tigers you will be the one who has the most ‘likes’,
you are friendly and good-natured, if a little needy. You
always acknowledge others when on your morning constitution, but they need to watch out as the next minute you are likely to pounce out on them from behind a tree, always the joker. You are Tigger-like with your bouncy lust for life, but are also easily distracted and want instant results, so a thousand piece jigsaw is not for you.

You are eccentric and intelligent, a natural born leader…the one most likely to take charge of the kitty on a pub crawl. You are a great conversationalist, so are always on the guest list for functions and often the centre of attention. Be careful not to let this go to your head as, whilst you’re good at getting yourself out of tight spots, a big head can be problematic, especially when buying a hat.

You are the ultimate high achiever, always the teacher’s pet. Your active mind and tender heart are a winning combination, but you can become restless and often don’t do your share of household chores. You think you are clever, but everyone knows that you hide in the toilet (you are just too important to deal with such mundane stuff).

Ultimate power is your main focus in all aspects of your life and your willpower is legendary – they won’t catch you with your paw in the biscuit barrel. You have your sights set much further and will fight for your right to party. Your cup is most definitely full, in fact it brims over with positivity and Champagne, as you have a taste for the finer things in life.

You were the first of all your friends to pass your driving test. Cautious, calm and a quick learner, you are destined to be behind the wheel. You never complain but you also don’t compromise. Your good judgment, work ethic, energy and nice socks mean
that you are always picked first for the hockey team.

The Chinese Zodiac by Anita Mangan is out now. Available here.

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