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Australian Chinese zodiac launched for Lunar New Year

Australian Chinese zodiac launched for Lunar New Year

Australian Chinese zodiac launched for Lunar New Year

Updated 30 January 2014, 10:35 AEDT

Australia's answer to the Chinese zodiac means that there's not one but two animal symbols to mark the year. 

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
Australian Chinese Zodiac

Australian Chinese zodiac (ABC Licensed)

 

Kangaroo
Kangaroo

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
Wombat

Wombat (pairs with Ox): Wombat is a very patient mammal with its own eccentric character and can be very defensive when threatened.

Tiger
Tiger

Tasmanian Tiger (pairs with Tiger): A dearly missed mammal rumoured to be cunning, highly intelligent and quite empathetic.

Platypus
Platypus

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
Dragon Lizard

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
Goanna

Goanna (pairs with Snake): Goannas are known also for being quiet, cunning and protective of its territory and resources.

Kookaburra
Kookaburra

Kookaburra (pairs with Horse): The kookaburra is noted for its popularity, cheerful, vibrant personality, distinctive 'laugh' and extremely resourceful character.

Koala
Koala

Koala (pairs with Goat):Just like people born in year of goat, the koala is elegant, shy but carefree.

Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil

Tasmania Devil (pairs with Monkey): Australian Tassie devils are as clever and skillful as monkeys and also extremely adaptive.

Emu
Emu

Emu (pairs with Rooster): Emus are noted for their deep thinking, and like roosters, can be reserved.

Dingo
Dingo

Dingo (pairs with Dog): When dingos are domesticated they can establish relationships with and loyalty to humans.

Echidna
Echidna

Echidna (pairs with Pig): Echidnas and pigs are both chivalrous and gallant. They can be quick tempered and have tremendous fortitude.

 

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