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Year of the Tiger – the 3rd Chinese Zodiac Animal

The Year of the Tiger is third in the 12-year cycle of animal years of the Chinese zodiac. Tiger years are …1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022… If you were born in one of the years, then you are a Tiger.

A myth says that the Jade Emperor held a competition and said the order of the 12-cycle animal signs would be decided by the order in which the zodiac animals arrived at his palace. Ox came first but Rat climbed up its head and landed ahead of Ox, Tiger and Rabbit following. So the top 4 became Rat, Ox, Tiger, and Rabbit.

Chinese Zodiac Years – Tiger Years

Years sharing the same animal sign and element repeat every 60 years. The five elements are Metal (Gold), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. It is said that birth animal signs and elements decide people's characteristics.


Year of Birth


Wood Tiger

1914, 1947

Sympathetic, opinionated, and reliable

Fire Tiger

1926, 1986

Clever, strong-willed, and serious-minded

Earth Tiger

1938, 1998

Proud, confident, and ambitious

Metal Tiger

1950, 2010

Peaceful, caring much for family;
passionate (females), indecisive and feminized (males)

Water Tiger

1902, 1962

Curious, with high independence, self-esteem and learning ability

Tiger's Personality Traits

Positive Attributes:

People who were born in a Tiger year share personality-traits with tigers, inhabiting wide open spaces. They are mostly active, and full of valor and vigor.

They usually act decisively but cautiously. In the face of setbacks, resistance or failure, they make prompt decisions and are willing to start from scratch until they succeed.

With great ambition and unusual spirit of adventure, the talented Tigers want to open up their own fields and will not stay for a long time in a small and unpleasant workplace. In their careers, they prefer large companies so they can show off their abilities and gain promotion more easily.

Negative Attributes:

With high self-esteem, they often act independently, ignoring colleagues and looking down on them. Though loyal to friends, they are sometimes too blunt, not sophisticated enough, as they stubbornly and arbitrarily cling to their own plans.

Tiger's Love Compatibility

Tiger's Love Compatibility

Best Match with Tiger: Dragon, Horse, Dog, or Pig

Couples that are formed from Tiger and Pig are willing to make sacrifices for each other. They will share the same goals in life and work more inspiringly when together.

Tiger and Dog will make their relationship full of mutual respect and support.
The energetic Horses and active Dragons will attract the adventurous Tigers.

Worst Match with Tiger: Ox, Tiger, Snake, or Monkey

Tigers are independent and charming, but also adventurous and with high self-esteem, so they are not compatible with each other.

Tigers with high esteem think Snakes are two calm and jealous so they can’t feel their love, while Monkeys are over confident and smart.
Tiger and Ox are both stubborn, they can’t fit well.


Lucky Things for Tiger for 2020

Lucky Things for Tigers

Tigers’ Unlucky Things

  • Unlucky umbers: 6,7,8
  • Unlucky colors: gold, silver, brown, black
  • Unlucky partners: Ox, Snake, Tiger, or Monkey

Tiger's Prediction for 2020


Tiger's Prediction for 2020

Career: ★★★☆☆

Tigers’ careers will move steadily upwards in 2020. They need to do their own work well, being neither opportunistic nor involved in workplace struggles.

They can expect to be promoted, if they keep a proactive attitude at work. It’s not a good year for them to make a big career change. Any plans for job-hopping or adventure should wait until next year.

Finance: ★★★★☆

This year the Tigers’ wealth mainly comes from their careers. So concentrating on their jobs and trying to make breakthroughs at work can be the best strategy. Business people should not be too aggressive or anxious to broaden their business scope. Any risky investment should be avoided.

Health: ★★★☆☆

There will be some stress for Tigers this year, leading to mood swings and risk to internal organs.

Under the pressure of work they will indulge in flights of fancy, affecting their sleep. It will help if they travel on trips with their families and listen to some light music. The major issue they need to pay attention to is transportation.

Love and relationships: ★★★☆☆

Single Tigers will devote most of their energy to their careers. Finding the right partner this year may be difficult.

Those who are already attached might not care enough for the other half, because of work. As a consequence, there will be continuous friction, suspicion, quarrels and alienation between them. Through talking to their partners and sharing their thoughts more often, things will improve.

Famous People Born in the Year of Tiger

Born in 1866

Sun Yat-sen (the first president and founding father of the Republic of China)

Born in 1866

Romain Rolland

Born in 1854

Oscar Wilde

Born in 1890

Norman Bethune

Born in 1890

Charles De Gaulle

Born in 1926

Jiang Zemin (Prisident of PRC 1993-2003)

Born in 1926

Queen Elizabeth II

Born in 1951

Zhang Yimou (Chinese director)

Born in 1986

Lady Gaga

Some other celebrities

Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, Masatoshi Koshiba, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, Emmy Rossum, Richard Branson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Demi Moore.

People born in Tiger years are adventurous, independent and passionate. They have lucky and unlucky things. In 2020, Tiger people will move steadily upwards in career, be risky in investments, suffer stress in health, and may be difficult to find the right partner. All these predictions, however, serve for reference only, just like western astrology.

Introduction to the 12 Animals

We list all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, if you want to check out the animal sign that your parents or your kids belong to:

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