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.
Chinese Zodiac Signs
The Chinese culture has developed along with the culture of ram: ram is no way an ordinary animal.
Dog ranks the I Ith of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs. associated with the Earthly Branch symbol Xu. Therefore, the period of the day from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. is also called the Dog Hours.
Dragon is the only animal sign created out of sheer imagination with features from many other animals among all Chinese zodiac signs. Thus dragon is characterized by beast wildness mankind intelligence and immortal wisdom.
The horse is considered as the most elegant and free animal among all twelve zodiac animals. It has a beautiful body with slim curves, supported by well-developed muscles with bushy hairs and a long swishing tail.
Monkeys share the most similarities with mankind compared to the other eleven zodiac animals, smart, funny, and good at imitation.
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.
The pig in Chinese zodiac culture refers to domestic pig, whose ancestor was the wild boar.
Rabbits are small animals, clever, quick and good at running. The rabbit ranks the fourth among all twelve Chinese zodiac animals.
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.