Chinese Zodiac Signs

year-of-the-pig

12 Apr: Zodiac Year of Brith – What and when is Ben Ming Nian(本命年)?

The worship for the zodiac signs is an important part of the concept held by Chinese people towards the zodiac year of birth. The zodiac year of birth is calculated according to the circular order of the twelve zodiac signs. Based on the zodiac sign of the lunar year when one was born, the person’s zodiac year of birth in the future is decided.

01 Apr: Chou(丑), Year of the Ox

Ancient China is a traditional agricultural society, where the ox is of great importance in people’s everyday life as well as production activities. Ox, gentle, persistent and hardworking, is often praised by Chinese people, which one can tell through many Chinese idioms.

01 Apr: Zi(子), Year of the Rat

Generally speaking, people do not find rats pleasant because they steal food, spread disease and destroy furniture. There are some traditional Chinese sayings about rat from which one finds people’s attitude towards rat quite negative: “rats living in public warehouses are as big as funnels” is used to mock corrupt officials: and “a rat in the street is chased by all” is used to describe an extremely unpopular person.