Chinese Zodiac Signs

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.