Chinese calendar is represented by 12 animals.
has it that the 12 lunar-zodiac animals were selected
by the Jade Emperor. He conducted a race of all the animals,
and named years in the order that they finished.
the race across the countryside, the rat hitched a ride
on the back of the slow but persistent ox. When the ox
was a few feet from the finish line, the rat jumped off
and raced ahead to claim the victory and the right to
represent the first lunar-zodiac year.
rat also fooled the cat into believing that the race was
to be held a day later, so the cat missed the race entirely.
As a consequence of this trickery, the cat still chases
the table below to determine which animal is associated
with any birthday in the 20th or early 21st century: Click
on the animal Icon or Date to shop.
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