The 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs and The Story Behind It

The 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs and The Story Behind It

Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig are the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. Each sign is named after an animal, and each animal is distinct in its own way.

You may be wondering why the lunar years, as they are known, are named after various animals – and why there are twelve of them. It’s based on an old story that goes somewhat like this…



The Great Race

According to legend, the Jade Emperor, one of the most significant gods in ancient Chinese religion, organized a race in which all the animals of the world competed. A pig, dog, rooster, monkey, sheep, horse, snake, dragon, rabbit, tiger, ox, and rat were among the twelve animals present at the start line. As a reward for showing up, the Emperor named a year in the zodiac after each one, with the race determining the order in which each animal was put.

On that day, the rat woke unusually early and raced to the meeting place. On the way, he came upon an ox that was considerably quicker than him.

He devised a clever plan to avoid falling behind. He had the simple animal carry him on the condition that he sing for the ox. Finally, the ox and the rat came first. The ox was overjoyed because he thought he would be the first sign of the year, but the rat had already moved ahead, becoming the first auspicious animal of the Chinese zodiac. This is how the rat won the race.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Place:

The tiger raced a good race, as expected, but the current in the river threw it off track. It recovered sufficiently to reach the finish line behind the ox and hence ranks third in the Chinese zodiac.

The rabbit was up next. It was also fatigued from the race and nearly capsized in the river, but it rescued itself on a floating log and made it to land in fourth place. The dragon, the calendar’s lone mythological creature, comes in fifth position. It was a nicer beast than tradition indicates, diverting from the race to put a fire that was risking the lives of several nearby peasants.

When it regained control, it noticed the rabbit suffering and used its breath to blow it safely to shore. The rabbit never found out who helped it, while the dragon was pleased to finish behind it. Dragons are not that mean after all aye?

Beautiful Dragon and Cunning Snake:

The Jade Emperor quickly recognized the good-looking Dragon, who was fifth, and suggested Dragon’s kid might be sixth. However, Dragon’s son did not accompany him that day. Just afterwards, Snake came up and revealed that Dragon was his adopted father, putting Snake in sixth place.

Gentle and Modest Duo Horse and Goat:

The Horse and the Goat came. They were both really nice and humble, and they each let the other go first. Because of their politeness, the Jade Emperor placed them seventh and eighth.

Hopping Monkey:

Monkey had slipped well behind. However, he leaped through trees and stones and caught up to ninth place. Last but not least were the Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

These 12 animals become the Heavenly Gate’s gatekeepers.



Why Isn’t There A Cat Year?


Because the cat is so ubiquitous in Chinese culture (who doesn’t love a fortunate waving cat? ), you may be wondering why the cat isn’t included in the Chinese zodiac. That’s the rat’s fault.

Despite their friendship, the cat requested that the rat wake it up for the race because the rat had a history of sleeping in. The rat was too delighted to remember. It was far too late for the cat to enter by the time he woke up. Hopefully, their friendship survived this bitter moment!

The lunar calendar is ordered according to the conclusion of the race, with the rat being the first animal to begin the series and the pig being the last. The year is restarted after the pig. The lunar calendar has historically been an important calendar for China and the Chinese zodiac. This calendar is also well-known in many regions of the world.


The 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs and Their Influences

Personality Traits of People:

The above ranking tale is made up based on people’s understanding of the attributes of the 12 animals. When people discuss a person’s zodiac sign, they may consider the traits of the zodiac sign.

When people think of Rats, they think of quick-witted, inventive, and adaptable people, whereas Oxes are determined, trustworthy, trustworthy, and industrious.

Chinese zodiac years begin and conclude with Chinese New Year (in January/February). Each year in the 12 year cycle is symbolized by a zodiac animal, each with its own supposed traits.

The year 2022 is the year of the Tiger. The Rabbit year is 2023.

Chinese people think that a person’s horoscope, personality, and love compatibility are all closely interrelated to his or her Chinese zodiac sign, which is decided by his or her birth year.



How Do You Determine Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?

An animal represents each Chinese zodiac year. The graphic below will assist you in quickly determining your zodiac sign.

For example, 1994 is a Dog year. If you were born in 1994, you were born under the Chinese zodiac sign of the Dog, and you are referred to as a “Dog.”


Chinese Zodiac Sign Personality

The Chinese zodiac animals have both astrological and cultural significance. Each animal sign is associated with a set of traits in China. People born in a certain year seem to have the personality of that year’s animal.

Rat: quick-witted, clever, adaptable, and kind.

Ox: is a hardworking, trustworthy, robust, and resolute animal.

Tiger: quick-witted, clever, adaptable, and kind.

Rabbit: is a peaceful, graceful, gentle, and responsible animal.

Dragon: self-assured, intellectual, and energetic.

Snake: mysterious, clever, and wise.

Horse: lively, vigorous, and energizing.

Goat: gentle, peaceful, and empathetic.

Monkey: bright, intelligent, and inquisitive.

Rooster: perceptive, diligent, and courageous.

Dog: adorable, trustworthy, and sensible.

Pig: sympathetic, giving, and hardworking.


I am a Dog according to the Chinese zodiac, what is yours? Good time to find out for sure!

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