Australian Chinese zodiac launched for Lunar New Year
Updated 30 January 2014, 10:35 AEDT
Adelaine Ng and Jason Fang
Australia's answer to the Chinese zodiac means that there's not one but two animal symbols to mark the year.
Australian Chinese zodiac launched for Lunar New Year (Credit: ABC Licensed)
Audio: Listen to Adelaine's interview with Wayne Tseng
Developed by the Australian Chinese business community, the new zodiac pairs each of the traditional animals in a 12-year cycle with an Australian equivalent.
The Year of the Horse for example, is also the Year of the Kookaburra in the new calendar. Both animals are known for their cheerful disposition, popularity and resourceful nature.
Chinese Precinct General Chamber of Commerce president Wayne Tseng says the new zodiac reflects a desire within Australia's Chinese community to forge their identity as Chinese Australians. He says it will help Australians to have a better understanding of the traditional Chinese culture and also give Chinese Australians an opportunity to learn about Australian native animals and their characters.
The new zodiac was launched by the Chinese Precinct General Chamber of Commerce for Australia Day, which this year falls in the same week as Chinese New Year. It was designed in consultation with Australian wildlife experts and Chinese heritage experts. Take a look and discover your Australian animal sign.
Australian Chinese zodiac (ABC Licensed)
Kangaroo (pairs with Rat)： The Red Kangaroo is noted for its charm and confidence. The kangaroo is social and good at looking after its family and young.
Wombat (pairs with Ox)： Wombat is a very patient mammal with its own eccentric character and can be very defensive when threatened.
Tasmanian Tiger (pairs with Tiger)： A dearly missed mammal rumoured to be cunning, highly intelligent and quite empathetic.
Platypus (pairs with Rabbit)： This mammal is noted for its skills in building underwater homes. Platypuses are unique and highly protective of their own habitat. They are also very selective in their choice for homes.
Dragon Lizard (pairs with Dragon)： The dragon lizard is noted for its majestic and sometime frightening display. They are brave and also protective of their own kind.
Goanna (pairs with Snake)： Goannas are known also for being quiet, cunning and protective of its territory and resources.
Kookaburra (pairs with Horse)： The kookaburra is noted for its popularity, cheerful, vibrant personality, distinctive 'laugh' and extremely resourceful character.
Koala (pairs with Goat)：Just like people born in year of goat, the koala is elegant, shy but carefree.
Tasmania Devil (pairs with Monkey)： Australian Tassie devils are as clever and skillful as monkeys and also extremely adaptive.
Emu (pairs with Rooster)： Emus are noted for their deep thinking, and like roosters, can be reserved.
Dingo (pairs with Dog)： When dingos are domesticated they can establish relationships with and loyalty to humans.
Echidna (pairs with Pig)： Echidnas and pigs are both chivalrous and gallant. They can be quick tempered and have tremendous fortitude.