The Chinese Zodiac Story
The Chinese zodiac, also known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve-year cycle. Each cycle year is represented by an animal. These animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and the Pig.
And there are many myths of these animals.
Here is one. Long-long ago, the Jade Emperor decided to pick from all the animals, and he chose the first twelve animals to appear at his birthday banquet. These first 12 are known as the Chinese Zodiac Animals.
The story goes that the Cat and Rat were best friends at that time. Cat liked sleeping, but it wanted to be picked, so it asked Rat to wake it up early. On the day of the banquet, Rat woke up early in the morning and left for the banquet, but it forgot to wake Cat up. Rat saw Ox on the way. Since Ox was much faster than Rat, Rat jumped on its back secretly. When Ox was almost there, Rat jumped down and got to the terminal point first. So Ox was second. Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig came to the banquet one after one and were the next ten. Cat finally woke up and came, but unfortunately, it was the thirteenth. So Cat couldn’t be included in the Chinese zodiac and thus began the antipathy between cats and rats.