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Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon

Written by Fercility JiangUpdated Apr. 19, 2022

Years of the Dragon include 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976,  1964, 1952...

The Dragon is the fifth of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. Each year has an animal sign according to the 12-year cycle. The next Dragon Year is 2024.

The Dragon symbolizes power, nobleness, honor, luck, and success in traditional Chinese culture. The Dragon is a supernatural being with no parallel for talent and excellence.

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Zodiac Dragon Years

1988 Chinese Zodiac is Dragon

If you were born in 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, or 2024, then your Chinese zodiac sign is Dragon.

Those born in January or February should take particular note of when Chinese New Year falls to confirm their birth sign. Each Dragon year also has one of five elements associated with it.

Each Dragon year also has one of five elements associated with it.

You can use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator tool to find your zodiac animal sign or see the table below.

Choose your date of birth and find out about your Chinese zodiac sign.
Years of the Dragon Chinese Zodiac Years Calendar Types of Dragon
1940 February 8, 1940 – January 26, 1941 Gold Dragon
1952 January 27, 1952 – February 13, 1953 Water Dragon
1964 February 13, 1964 – February 1, 1965 Wood Dragon
1976 January 31, 1976 – February 17, 1977 Fire Dragon
1988 February 17, 1988 – February 5, 1989 Earth Dragon
2000 February 5, 2000 – January 23, 2001 Gold Dragon
2012 January 23, 2012 – February 9, 2013 Water Dragon
2024 February 10, 2024 – January 28, 2025 Wood Dragon

The Dragon’s Personality: Confident, Intelligent...

2000 Chinese Zodiac is the Dragon

Among the Chinese zodiac animals, the dragon is the sole imaginary animal. The Chinese dragon is the most vital and powerful beast in the Chinese zodiac, although Dragons have an infamous reputation for being a hothead and possessing a sharp tongue. 

In ancient times, people thought that Dragons were best suited to be leaders of the world with their character traits of dominance and ambition.

Gifted with innate courage, tenacity, and intelligence, Dragons are enthusiastic and confident. They are not afraid of challenges, and willing to take risks.

However, Dragons are sometimes regarded as aggressive, and angry Dragons are not open to criticism. They don't consider themselves irritating and arrogant. Instead of following tradition, they strive for a smooth future.

Which Type of 'Dragon' Are You?

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that a Wood Dragon, for example, comes once in a 60-year cycle.

It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Dragons, each with different characteristics:

Type of Dragon Characteristics
Wood Dragon (1964, 2024) Introverted, less enthusiastic, and lacking in good relationships
Fire Dragon (1916, 1976) Smart, unreliable, and easygoing
Earth Dragon (1928, 1988) Smart, ambitious, and hardworking
Gold Dragon (1940, 2000) Natural and straightforward, unpredictable with continually changing emotions
Water Dragon (1952, 2012) Persevering, farsighted, and vigorous

See Chinese Zodiac Dragons of 5 Elements: Characters and Destinies.

Lucky Things for People Born in the Year of Dragon

Year of the Chinese Zodiac Dragon

Things that will bring Dragons luck:

  • Lucky numbers: 1, 6 and 7
  • Lucky days: the 1st and 16th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
  • Lucky colors: gold, silver, grayish white
  • Lucky flowers: bleeding-heart glory bower, dragon flowers
  • Lucky direction: east, north, south
  • Lucky months: the 3rd, 4th, and 7th Chinese lunar months.

Things that Dragons should avoid:

  • Unlucky colors: blue, green
  • Unlucky numbers: 3 and 8
  • Unlucky direction: northwest
  • Unlucky months: the 5th and 6th Chinese lunar months

Dragons' Love Compatibility: Is She/He Compatible with You?

The Dragon's Love Compatibility

Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility according to the Chinese zodiac takes into account the characteristics of each animal. Only those whose characteristics match each other well can be good partners. See below the compatibility of the Dragon with other animals.

  • Best Matched Zodiac Signs with Dragon: Rat, Monkey, or Rooster
  • Least Matched Zodiac Signs with Dragon: Dog

Want to know if she/he is compatible with you? Use our zodiac love compatibility calculator below. Or you can check the 12 Chinese zodiac signs' love compatibility in detail. 

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Calculator

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Dragon's Horoscope in 2022

Dragons, you will have much better luck in 2022 than in 2021. Optimism will oust bad luck and increase your wealth. Your progress in 2022 will not disappoint you as long as you work hard and circumspectly.

Monthly Predictions for Dragon in 2022

Is a Dragon Year a Lucky Year?

Generally, Dragon years are the most popular for giving birth: in Chinese culture Dragon children are most sought after.

However, according to Chinese tradition, when the year of your birth sign comes around it is believed to be bad luck. One's birth year is called one’s ‘origin (of) life year’(本命年běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/) and is supposed to be a whole year of bad luck. Generally, all aspects of your life, including love, health, career and finance, will not go well.

Therefore Dragons should be more careful in years of the Dragon. The next Dragon Year is 2024. It starts on Chinese New Year (February 10, 2024). Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.

Top Jobs or Careers for Dragons

1976 Chinese Zodiac is Dragon

Dragons like to embrace challenges and take risks. Jobs that allow them to test themselves are good choices. Some good careers include: journalist, teacher, teacher, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker and sales person.

Health Tips for Dragons

Dragon Zodiac

Taking the hardworking nature of Dragons into consideration, they are healthy in general. They may be stressed and suffer from periodic tension, as they like to embrace challenges and take risks.

Older people born in a Dragon year should pay more attention to the liver and gall bladder, blood, intestines, and stomach, while middle-aged and young Dragons should take care of their skin.

Yoga or taking a walk is an effective way to keep healthy, as these activities can be good for the mind as well as the bodies of Dragons.

How to Build Relationships with Dragons

In the search for the ideal partner, Dragons might find themselves often hesitating to move forward in a relationship and/or unwilling to make a permanent commitment. When they do, however, it is their intention for it to last. Dragons are likely to have a warm, giving personality. They can be very generous to their loved ones.

Famous Dragon Year People

  • Charles Darwin: born on February 12, 1809, an Earth Dragon
  • Bruce Lee: born on November 27, 1940, a Gold Dragon
  • John Lennon: born on October 9, 1940, a Gold Dragon
  • Vladimir Putin: born on October 7, 1952, a Water Dragon

Check Other Chinese Zodiac Animals

Year of the Ox
Year of the Dog
Year of the Pig

Watch the video about the interesting legend of Ox - 2021 Chinese zodiac sign

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