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Chinese Zodiac Year of the Tiger: Characteristics, personality traits and meaning

IN CHINESE culture, Tigers are the guardians of infants, and Chinese children are often seen sporting tiger-printed garments to protect them from any evil spirits.

Chinese zodiac signs identify birth years with certain animals including the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig.

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What are the years of the Tiger?

Years of the Tiger are 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 and 2010. 

The next Tiger year will be 2022. 

Some notable Tigers in the Chinese zodiac include Jaden Smith, Paris Jackson, and Shawn Mendes.

Each zodiac sign also has its own element: Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal and Water, which add more uniqueness to the sign.

What are the personality traits of the Tiger?

According to, Tigers are kind and benevolent. "Animals, jazz music, or other things that call for imagination are good for them.

They rarely feel tired and have rich emotions. Sometimes though, they make brash decisions and are hard to control."

They persevere through difficulty, however, and have a strong sense of resilience.

"In the end, Tigers live an average life—there are times of joy, sadness and sometimes disappointment."

What will happen for the Tiger in 2021?

2021 will be a stable year for the Tiger.

Tigers felt plenty of stress in 2020 which affected their health, but things will turn up for them in the coming year.

Although career changes or accomplishments aren't on the cards, "remember that this year offers immense potential to utilize your positive energy."

Tigers will see a great change in their love life, their romantic prospects will flourish.

Their confidence and appeal will strengthen, so be sure to take the time to nurture your dating life and put yourself out there!

Types of Tigers

Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, and the Chinese New Year explains what this means for the Tiger.

Wood Tiger: This Tiger is honest and trustworthy, and as a result has a little to worry about. Their children and grandchildren will make them very proud. 

Metal Tiger: This Tiger has strong family values, and while they’ll go far in their careers they must learn not to become complacent. They’re able to live a stress-free life if they exercise some patience. 

Water Tiger: This Tiger knows what they want and they go after it. They work hard and play hard - and marrying early isn’t advised. While their youth is turbulent, by middle-age they’re usually stable. 

Earth Tiger: These Tigers go from one extreme to the other, and can be warm and bubbly one minute then cold and standoffish the next. But they’re also fiercely intelligent, and good fortune should come their way. 

Fire Tiger: Unlike the name, these Tigers aren’t fiery in nature. They enjoy learning and are usually cool, calm and composed. 


Tigers are most compatible with Pig, Horse and Dog. 

Out of all the animals, Pigs and Tigers get on the best, as they both see the other one as the most important, and they’re willing to make sacrifices if necessary. 

Website Chinese New Year said: “They are able to be themselves in this relationship and similar goals make up for differences in personality.”

Meanwhile Horses can easily attract the attention of a Tiger, and any relationship between the two animals involves mutual trust and respect. 

But a Tiger will only show their gentle side to a Dog, and they encourage the canines to follow their dreams. The pair are well-suited to weathering life’s troubles together. 

Tigers are least compatible with Monkey and Snake.

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