Hi hearters! So today i feel like writing a more meaningful and (hopefully) educational content for you guys to read :)

As you may know, the chinese culture is really deep, but are very fun to learn about. I planned to make this into 2 parts, with the 2nd part maybe published tomorrow so yea let's start >>>

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brief introduction

the chinese zodiacs are pretty similar to your normal zodiac signs, but they're based of years you're born instead of your birth month and date

the wheel of zodiacs are made up of 12 animals which symbolizes certain types of personality traits::
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鼠牛虎兔龙蛇马羊猴鸡狗猪
- rat, ox, tiger, hare/rabbit, dragon, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig

legend of the 12 zodiacs

you might be wondering: why is the arrangement so messed up? how can the rat be the first out of all the animals? not the dragon or tiger? as kids, we learnt about the legend of the 12 zodiac signs.
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Long, long ago, there was no Chinese zodiac. The Jade Emperor wanted to select 12 animals to be his guards. He sent an immortal being into man's world to spread the message that the earlier one went through the Heavenly Gate, the better the rank one would have.

The next day, animals set off towards the Heavenly Gate. Rat got up very early. On his way to the gate, he encountered a river. He had to stop there, owing to the swift current. After waiting a long time, Rat noticed Ox about to cross the river and swiftly jumped into Ox's ear. The diligent Ox did not mind at all and simply continued. After crossing the river, he raced towards the palace of the Jade Emperor. Suddenly, The rat jumped out of the ox's ear and dashed to the feet of the Emperor. Rat won first place and Ox was second.

Tiger and Rabbit came third and fourth because both are fast and competitive, but the tiger was faster. The rabbit got across the river by hopping on stepping stones and a floating log. Good-looking Dragon was fifth and was immediately noticed by the Jade Emperor, who said Dragon's son could be sixth. But Dragon's son didn't come with him that day.

Just then, Snake came forward and said Dragon was his adoptive father; so Snake ranked sixth. Horse and Goat arrived. They were very kind and modest and each let the other go first. The Jade Emperor saw how polite they were and ranked them seventh and eighth.

Monkey had fallen well behind. But he jumped between trees and stones, and caught up to be ninth. Last were Rooster, Dog, and Pig. These 12 animals became guards of the Heavenly Gate.

why isn't the cat included in it?

aha! i used to think about this as well, until i stumbled over a belief talking about it. there are lots of versions about it so i'll just try to include the one that makes the best sense out of all the other versions:

the cat and rat are actually pretty good friends, and are neighbors, it's just that people like to bully the rat due to it's size. the day when the emperor told them the news, the cat and rat made an agreement: they will go to the heavenly gate together.

but the rat was cunning, and was tired of being bullied while the cat got all the love. he decided to use this opportunity to outshine the cat. knowing the cat is a sleepyhead, he left early morning, without waking up the cat.

the cat woke up when all the positions of the 12 zodiacs are completed. knowing the rat got first, and going to the heavenly gate without him, the latter became mad and felt betrayed.

this is how a great enmity grew between them and how the rat is always scared of the cat

ps: there's an alternative that the rat pushed the cat into a river knowing it couldn't swim which i find pretty ridiculous somehow

know your zodiac

here's the fun part! scroll down to find your birth year and boom there is your chinese zodiac!!

Rat
1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Ox
1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Tiger
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Rabbit
1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Dragon
1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Snake
1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Horse
1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Goat
1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Monkey
1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Rooster
1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Dog
1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Pig
1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

your personality traits

like every other zodiac signs, you might have the personality of that symbolize each animal || not everyone has the exact same personality, it's just like a prediction or a 'most-likely' thing i don't know how to explain it help me

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Rat: People born in this year are clever and charming. They’re curious, but are sometimes too motivated by money.
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Ox: Those born under this sign are persistent and straightforward. They have strong faith and can be seen as stubborn in their old ways.
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Tiger: Tiger people are thought to be brave and independent. They’re respected for their deep thoughts and courageous actions, but sometimes show off when accomplishing something.
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Rabbit: People born under this sign are popular because they’re sincere and avoid conflict. Though they’re sensitive, they also hesitate, which makes them lose out on chances.
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Dragon: The dragon is a powerful sign, considered to be quite auspicious. People born under this year are energetic and excitable. They hate hypocrisy and gossip and can sometimes be a bit arrogant and impatient.
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Snake: Snakes are a symbol of wisdom and wit, often seen as humorous and gifted in literature and art. However, the Snake can be overly suspicious, which makes them a bit paranoid.
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Horse: People born under this sign are seen as warm-hearted and easygoing. Independence is one of their greatest strengths, but sometimes they’re overly frank with others.
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Goat: The goat enjoys being alone with their thoughts. They’re creative thinkers and appreciate the arts. Though they’re economic and cautious, they can also be indecisive.
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Monkey: People born in the year of the monkey love to make people laugh. They’re generally energetic and upbeat, but sometimes lack self-control.
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Rooster: Rooster people are honest, observant, and diligent. They seldom rely on other people in daily life, which can make them impatient when dealing with others.
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Dog: Those born under this sign are fiercely loyal and can always keep a secret. They’re not afraid of the hardships in life, but they also tend to worry too much sometimes.
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Pig: People with this sign are nice and good-mannered. They’re always forgiving of other people’s mistakes, which at times can translate to naivete and gullibility.

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finally done!!! so uhh how you like today's article?
this is pretty tiring n might be one of the longest articles I've written

uhh you've made it to the end and i apologize for any confusing parts of the article today cuz idk what i'm doing as well :'

stay safe n thanks for stopping by!!