Year of the Goat: Chinese zodiac matchmaking guide

The year of the ram (also known as goat or sheep) begins on Feb. 19. As Asian American communities across California welcome the lunar new year, many turn to the centuries-old tradition of consulting the zodiac, a cycle featuring 12 animals that embody unique personality traits. As the folklore goes, certain animals are better suited for one another while other pairings could lead to conflict. While you're at it, check out these Lunar New Year photos.

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Sources: China Highlights, Los Angeles Chinatown Business Improvement District, The Old Farmer’s Almanac,