Free Printable Chinese Zodiac Coloring Pages
Chinese New Year 2021 will take place on Friday, 12 February and will start the Year of the Ox! Print our free, cute Chinese Zodiac coloring pages as part of your celebrations!
Did you know that the Ox is the second of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals. Legend states that the Jade Emperor proclaimed that order of the Chinese Zodiac would be set by the order that they arrived at his party. Although the Ox was destined to be the first to arrive; the Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride! Just as they arrived at the party, the sneaky Rat jumped down ahead of Ox to become the first animal!
Discover and color your own Chinese Zodiac Animal
The Chinese zodiac is based on the lunar calendar and assigns an animal and its reputed characteristics to each calendar year in a repeating 12-year cycle. The most recent zodiac sign years are shown below.
- Rat: 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
- Ox: 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
- Tiger: 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
- Rabbit: 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
- Dragon: 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
- Snake: 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
- Horse: 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
- Goat: 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
- Monkey: 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
- Rooster: 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
- Dog: 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
- Pig: 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
However, if your date of birth is not in this list then you can use this Chinese Animal Zodiac Sign Calculator.
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Year of the Rat
The first Chinese zodiac animal is the rat. It represents wisdom. Personality traits for the people born in the Year of the Rat are intelligence, charm, quick-wit, practical, ambitious, and socializing. Weaknesses include being timid, stubborn, verbose, greedy, devious, power seeking and gossipers.
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Year of the OX
The Ox is the symbol of diligence. Although Oxen are usually hard working, honest, creative, ambitious, cautious, patient and cool under pressure they can be stubborn, narrow-minded, indifferent, prejudiced, slow and poor communicators.
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Year of the Tiger
The Tiger is the symbol of bravery. Tigers are friendly, brave, competitive, charming, lucky and exude authority. Tigers can make good leaders but can be impetuous, irritable, overindulgent and love boasting!
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Year of the Rabbit
The Rabbit represents longevity, discretion and good luck. Rabbits are kind-hearted, friendly, intelligent, cautious, skilful, gentle, quick and long-living. They dislike fighting and like to find solutions through compromise and negotiation. However, Rabbits might have the potential to be superficial, stubborn, melancholy and overly-discreet.
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Year of the Dragon
The dragon represents authority and good fortune. Dragons are powerful, kind-hearted, successful, innovative, brave, healthy courageous and enterprising. However, they tend to be conceited, tactless, quick-tempered and over-confident.
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Year of the Snake
Snake is regarded as pliable. Snakes are wise, discreet, agile, attractive and full of sympathy but can be lazy, greedy, arrogant and vain.
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Year of the Horse
Horses have indomitable spirits . Horses are clever, active, energetic, quick-witted, fashionable, agile, popular and persuasive. However, they might be some selfish, arrogant and over-confident.
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Year of the Goat (Sheep / RAM)
The Goat represents solidarity, harmony and calm. Goats are polite, mild mannered, shy, imaginative, determined and have good taste but sometimes they are pessimistic, unrealistic, short-sighted and slow.
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Year of the Monkey
Monkeys are cheerful and energetic and represent flexibility. Monkeys are wise, intelligent, confident, charismatic, loyal, inventive and have leadership potential. However Monkeys can be egotistical, arrogant, crafty, restless and snobbish.
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Year of the Rooster
The Rooster represents fidelity and punctuality. Roosters are beautiful, kind-hearted, hard-working, courageous, independent, humorous and honest. They like to keep home neat and organized. However, they can be arrogant, self-aggrandizing, wild and can blindly worship objects or people.
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Year of the Dog
The Dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. Dogs are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable and have a strong sense of responsibility – but they can be self-righteous, cold, stubborn, slippery, critical of others and not good at social activities.
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Year of the PIG
The Pig is mild and a lucky. It representing carefree fun, good fortune and wealth. Pigs are happy, easy going, honest, trusting, educated, sincere and brave. However Pigs can be stubborn, naïve, over-reliant, self-indulgent, easy to anger and materialistic, as well as being lazy!
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FREE PRINTABLE CHINESE NEW YEAR ACTIVITY SET
It is likely that traditional Chinese New Year celebrations will be more subdued in 2021 than in other years because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Fun Crafts Kids has therefore created a fun packed activity set to keep your friends and family entertained!
The pack includes includes:
- 10 x Chinese New Year Bingo Cards plus Calling Cards
- 6 x Chinese New Year Sudoku Puzzles with Answers
- 1 x Chinese New Year Word Search and Solution
- 12 x Chinese zodiac coloring pages
- 3 x Chinese New Year unlined drawing / writing pages
Happy Chinese New Year 2021!