Have you really ever known the true history and mystery of the Chinese Lunar Calendar?
This picture is a real handwork from one of my friends. All the tools she needs, which are just a red paper and a scissor.
The Chinese Lunar Calendar names each of the twelve years after an animal. It is Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
Legend has it that the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from earth. Only twelve came to bid him farewell and as a reward he named a year after each one in the order they arrived. It is kind of like race. The Chinese believe the animal ruling the year in which a person is born has a profound influence on personality, saying: “This is the animal that hides in your heart.”
Furthermore, I heard a plenty editions of folk tales about the Chinese Lunar Calendar while I grew up. Maybe you already noticed that there is no cat in the calendar, why? Because when the animals got the message from the Lord Buddha, so the good friends, cat and rat had a little conversation. Since the cat liked to sleep, so he wanted the rat to wake him up in second morning. Then the rat answered “yep!” However, the rat woke up and sneaked away by himself. This is also the legend why cats and rats are enemies.
At this point, you must question about why the little weak rat can be the first one? There is also a folk tale. The first one was supposed to be oxen, but the rat was stand on the oxen’s head. When the oxen arrived at the final place, the rat jumped off and became the first one.
Here is my conclusion: the Chinese calendar is deeply rooted in ancient tradition that still carries on today with the same mysterious history of Chinese ways.
At the introduction, I said that the year you were born show different personality and spirit. So here it is. You can check it out by yourself.
Rat 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996
Ox 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997
Tiger 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998
Rabbit 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999
Dragon 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000
Snake 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001
Horse 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002
Sheep 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003
Monkey 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004
Rooster 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005
Dog 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006
Pig 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007
Rats: are said to be imaginative, charming and very generous to those they love. They are supposed to make good writers, critics and publicists.
Ox: are born leaders, inspiring confidence in everyone they come into contact with. However, they can be too demanding. Methodical and good with their hands, they make fine surgeons and hairdressers.
Tigers: are said to be bold and adventurous, and are bestowed with initiative and charm. However, they have a tendency to be risk takers, making them act before they think about the consequences. They tend to make good bosses, explorers or racing drivers.
Rabbits: are affectionate, co-operative and pleasant, with lots of friends. But they can get too sentimental and seem superficial. Ideal careers areas include law, diplomacy or the stage.
Dragons: tend to be popular individuals who are always full of life and enthusiasm, with a reputation for being fun-loving. They make good priests, artists and politicians.
Snake: People born in the year of the Snake are romantic and deep-thinking, wise and charming, although they tend to dismiss others too quickly and are a bit stingy with money. Ideal jobs include teaching or psychiatry.
Horse: If you are born in the Year of the Horse then you are amazingly hard working and very independent. Although you are intelligent and friendly, you can sometimes be a bit selfish. You would make a good scientist or poet.
Sheep: Those born in the Year of the Sheep are said to be charming, elegant and artistic, who like material comforts. A bit of a worrier they also have a tendency to complain about things. Jobs as actors, gardeners would suit.
Monkey: If you are born in the Year of the Monkey, you are very intelligent, well-liked by everyone, and will have success in any field you choose.
Rooster: The sign of the Rooster indicates a person who is hard-working and definite about their decisions. Roosters are not afraid to speak their minds and can therefore sometimes come across as boastful. They make good restaurant owners and world travelers.
Dogs: are honest and faithful to those they love but they tend to worry too much and find fault with others. They make ideal secret agents or business people.
Pig: People born in the Year of the Boar are honest and tolerant and make good friends, but tend to expect the same from everyone else, and more often than not they end up disappointed. They thrive in the arts as entertainers.