In Cambodia, based on Khmer culture, there are 12 Cambodia zodiac signs in a year which are 12 zodiac animals. It is because Cambodia people follow the Khmer calendar and Buddhist calendar as well. It initially stems from the Chinese lunar calendar, and then many other Buddhism Asian countries adapted, including Cambodia. Then it becomes an integral part of Cambodia culture in general and Khmer culture in particular.

Khmer Calendar (Chhankitek)

Khmer’s traditional calendar, known as Chhankitek, means the lunar calendar. Cambodian combine a 12-animal system and a ten-numeric cycle system to create a full calendar system. One zodiac animal goes with one numeric cycle will form a zodiac year.
12 Cambodia zodiac signs are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. There are also particular names of these animals in Khmer, and they are not translated but keep special and unique names. The Khmer names of those 12 zodiac signs are Jute, Chlov, Karl, Thos, Rorng, Masagn, Momee, Momay, Voke, Roka, Jor, and Koar respectively. Each person has an equivalent zodiac animal that shares some characteristics like personality, luck and compatibility.
The 10-numeric cycle system (or Sak) has 10 numbering schemes from 1 to 10 to identify a specific year. It starts with Khmer words including Aek, Tou, Trey, Jaktva, Pagnjak, Chor, Sabpak, Ardak, Noppak, and Somrithik, which mean 1 to 10 respectively. Then, “Sak” is added after each above word to form a Cambodia zodiac year. The sak system is used to differentiate the same animal years. For instance, people born in 1998 and 2010 both belong to the year of Tiger, but different sak (1998 – the year of the tiger 10th year – Karl Somrithiksak; 2010 – the year of the tiger 2nd year – Karl Tousak).

Khmer Calendar (Chhankitek)

12 Cambodia Zodiac Animals

According to a legend, on the last day of the Buddha, he invited all animals to join in, but just 12 came. Then, he put each animal’s name for each year to reward them. These 12 zodiac animals are believed to be all kind animals with distinctive and special traits. Let’s explore and see what zodiac sign you are, or schedule a Cambodia tour package to learn about Cambodia culture by yourself.

1. Year of the Rat

– Rat years: 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032…
– Lucky number: 2, 3
– Strengths: Adaptable, smart, cautious, acute, alert, positive, flexible, outgoing, cheerful
– Weaknesses: Timid, unstable, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence, querulous
– Best Matches: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
Rat is animal of Cambodia Zodiac

2. Year of the Ox

– Ox years: 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033…
– Lucky number: 1, 9
– Strengths: honest, industrious, patient, cautious, level-headed, strong-willed, persistent
– Weaknesses: obstinate, inarticulate, prudish, distant
– Best matches: Rat, Snake, Rooster

Ox from Cambodia zodiac sign

3. Year of the Tiger

– Tiger years: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022,…
– Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 4
– Strengths: Tolerant, loyal, valiant, courageous, trustworthy, intelligent, virtuous
– Weaknesses: Arrogant, short-tempered, hasty, traitorous
– Best Matches: Dragon, Horse, Pig
Tiger in Cambodia Zodiac

4. Year of the Rabbit

– Rabbit years: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023…
– Lucky number: 3, 4, 9
– Strengths: Gentle, sensitive, compassionate, amiable, modest, and merciful
– Weaknesses: Amorous, hesitant, stubborn, timid, conservative
– Best matches: Monkey, Pig, Dog
Rabbit one sign of Cambodia Zodiac

5. Year of the Dragon

– Dragon years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024…
– Lucky number: 1, 6, 7
– Strengths: Decisive, inspiring, magnanimous, sensitive, ambitious, romantic
– Weaknesses: Eccentric, tactless, fiery, intolerant, unrealistic
– Best Matches: Rooster, Rat, Monkey

6. Year of the Snake

– Snake years: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025, 2037…
– Lucky number: 2, 8, 9
– Strengths: Soft-spoken, humorous, sympathetic, determined, passionate, smart
– Weaknesses: Jealous, suspicious, sly, fickle, nonchalant
– Best matches: Dragon, Rooster
Snake one of the animal in Cambodia Zodiac

7. Year of the Horse

– Horse years: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026…
– Lucky number: 2, 3, 7
– Strengths: warm-hearted, upright, easygoing, independent, endurable, powerful, and positive.
– Weaknesses: wasteful, frank, irresolute
– Best matches: Tiger, Rabbit
One of animals in zodiac sing is horse

8. Year of the Ram

– Ram years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027, 2039,…
– Lucky number: 3, 4, 9
– Strengths: gentle, softhearted, considerate, attractive, hardworking, persistent, thrift
– Weaknesses: indecisive, timid, vain, pessimistic, moody, weak-willed
– Best matches: Horse, Rabbit, Pig

9. Year of the Monkey

– Monkey years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…
– Lucky number: 1, 7, 8
– Strengths: enthusiastic, self-assured, sociable, innovative
– Weaknesses: jealous, suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant
– Best matches: Ox, Rabbit
Cambodia Zodiac Sign including Monkey

10. Year of the Rooster

– Rooster years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029…
– Lucky number: 5, 7, 8
– Strengths: Independent, capable, warm-hearted, self-respect, quick-minded
– Weaknesses: Impatient, critical, eccentric, narrow-minded, selfish
– Best matches: Ox, Snake
Rooster from Zodiac sign in Cambodia

11. Year of the Dog

– Dog years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042,…
– Lucky number: 3, 4, 9
– Strengths: Valiant, loyal, responsible, clever, courageous, lively
– Weaknesses: Sensitive, conservative, stubborn, emotional
– Best matches: Rabbit
Dog in Zodiac Sign

12. Year of the Pig

– Pig years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, …
– Lucky number: 2, 5, 8
– Strengths: Warm-hearted, good-tempered, loyal, honest, gentle
– Weaknesses: Naive, gullible, sluggish, short-tempered
– Best matches: Tiger, Rabbit
Pig in Zodiac sign in Cambodia
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