The Chinese Zodiac is based on years rather months.
Each year in a 12-year cycle is named after a different animal, with distinct characteristics associated with that animal.
Duan Chengrong, a demographer at Renmin University in Beijingwho has also published research on the topic and come to similar conclusions, said the government has little to worry about despite the plethora of media coverage.
"It's unclear how prevalent beliefs in such sayings are," Duan said, but "our research showed there was no significant influence on national birthrate statistics." [Source: Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2015 \*\] “Still, Duan noted, if zodiac-based preferences are particularly strong in a localized area, it could skew birthrates, affecting schools and other public facilities that might see a bulge in enrollment one year and a sharp decline the next.
At one provincial hospital a 50-year-old man reportedly died of stroke because doctors were too preoccupied doing Caesarean operations.
A rise in births in Guizhou and other provinces, some said was attributable to a rush to have babies in the year of the horse.
Many Chinese believe that the year of a person's birth is the primary factor in determining a person's personality traits, mental and physical attributes and success in love and life.
Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals are combined with the five basic influences of fire, earth, metal, water and wood” each with a yin (female) form and a yang (male) form---to form a cycle of 60.Expect the politics of the Middle East and North Africa to continue to roil while the earth shakes and the seas bulge and surge.Prepare yourself for a wild ride, although also remember that in the end the dragon is there for assurance and protection.The yin and yang years alternate with one another, and each of the five phases has both a yin and a yang form.Hare years are always yin, representing the female, soft and cool principles of the universe."If the rates are not stable, this can cause problems for planning," he said.