The Chinese new year – a small guide for 2018

After the year of the Tiger, we pass to that of the Rabbit: the Asiatic countries indeed have signs which, instead of depending on the sun, as the signs of the Zodiac, depend on the moon or rather on the lunar years.

Each of these years includes 12 moons and even 13 every 12 years, which is why the New Year is never on the same date. As for our signs of the Zodiac the cycle is 12, but 12 years instead of 12 months, and the signs always scroll in the same order.

Tiger, dragon, okay, it’s prestigious. Dog, horse, why not … But why do we find animals like rats or pigs in Chinese astrology?

Two legends explain the choice of these animals. Get more info on the subject and learn more about the chinese zodiac.

According to the first, Buddha gathered all the animals to come with him before he left the earth. Only twelve of the animals came to say goodbye to him, and the order of appearance was then respected: first the rat, of which he said he was second and that he mounted on the back of the ox before jumping Just before him at the moment of appearing before Buddha, followed by the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the serpent, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the cock, the dog and then the pig.

I prefer the other version, more dreamlike, of the Emperor of Jade. This last reigned over the heavens and all that it contains and had never gone on earth: he therefore wondered about the forms and colors of his creatures. As he wished to see a selection, he asked his counselor to choose 12 of the most remarkable. It was thus that an invitation was sent to the rat, asking him to transmit it also to his friend the cat; Ten other invitations were addressed to the same animals listed above, asking them to appear before six o’clock the next morning before the Emperor.

The rat was very proud of this invitation and immediately informed the cat of the good news. The latter was obviously also very happy but also frightened at the idea of ​​not waking up in time and he was therefore promised by the rat to wake him up. Alas for him, during the night the rat considered the beauty and grace of the cat, especially compared to himself, and decided not to awaken the feline in the early morning.

At six o’clock the Emperor of Jade was impressed, but also surprised to find that he was missing an animal, and his counselor sent a servant to earth to look for the first he would meet (and it was a pig).

In the interlude, the rat (always himself!), Afraid of passing unnoticed among all these great animals, had jumped on the back of the ox and began to play the flute (but yes …). The Emperor was charmed by this unusual animal, and gave it the first place.

He also rewarded:

Beef for its generosity to the rat
The tiger for his courage
The rabbit for its white fur
The dragon for his power
The serpent for his sinuous body (sometimes, for his wisdom)
The horse for its pace
The goat for her bleatings
The monkey for his agility
The cock for its beautiful feathers,
The attentive and protective dog
The pig, for its mere presence.

The cat, too late for the ceremony, could not be received by the Emperor. When he saw that it was the rat that had been chosen first, he went into a mad rage, and since then, it’s a war between these two species …

Personally, I’m Tiger and my girlfriend, of Chinese origin for that matter, is Dragon: Tiger and Dragon, it’s class! And you ?

If you want to have a good year in cantonese, you will have to think of the election of Marine Le Pen at the head of the National Front and to pronounce very quickly “congress of fachos”, or more slowly …

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