Chinese New Year, The Year of cat or rabbit means what?

by Guest22641527  |  9 years, 5 month(s) ago

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why do Chinese people say year of the cat, dog, rabbit etc.

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  1. Garnet

    According to the Chinese astrology calendar, 2011 is a Chinese Rabbit Year. The Chinese calendar combines lunar, solar and Stem-Branch cycle systems. Stem cycle is the Yin Yang Five Elements. The Branch cycle is Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Rabbit is the 4th animal in the system. 2011 is Metal Rabbit, which is the 28th Stem-Branch in the cycle of 60 counting system. Chinese Horoscope uses animal names to build people birth charts for fortune-telling. Therefore Rabbit exists in the Chinese Horoscope system for more than thousands of years.

    The Vietnamese horoscope has 12 animals as well. They are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Cat, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Rabbit is replaced by the Cat. Pets in Vietnam have been popular for thousands of years. Vietnamese keep dogs to guard their houses and cats to protect food and rice from rats. Cats are closer to humans than rabbits. Therefore, Vietnamese prefer cats over rabbits as zodiac animals.

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