Lunar New Year, Year of the Rat Illustration

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As legend uncovers, the Jade Emperor of China held a race a long time ago that now represents the Chinese Zodiac. The Emperor held the great race that animals participated in. The first 12 animals to finish would be honored as specific years for lifetimes to come.  During the race, the two leaders, a Rat and an Ox led the pack. Both arrived to one of the final obstacles being a rushing river. With the reputation of being kind, the Ox let the Rat ride on his back across the river as the Rat would not have been able to make it. After they crossed the river however, the Rat lept off the Ox and crossed the finish line first. Therefore the first year of the Chinese Zodiac would always be the Rat followed by the Ox and then the remaining ten animals. Altogether, the 12 animals secured their positions in the Chinese Zodiac Calendar.

The Rat

The Rat is honored by years 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

The Rat is giving, likable, and creative.

The Ox

The Ox is honored by years 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

The Ox is patient, a leader, and inspires.

The Tiger

The Tiger is honored by years 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

The Tiger is brave, respected, and caring.

The Rabbit

The Rabbit is honored by years 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

The Rabbit is driven, talented, and trusted.

The Dragon

The Dragon is honored by years 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

The Dragon is trusting, brave, and energetic.

The Snake

The Snake is honored by years 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

The Snake is smart, charming, and kind.

The Horse

The Horse is honored by years 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

The Horse is happy, well-liked, and thrifty.

The Sheep

The Sheep is honored by years 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

The Sheep is calm, caring, and creative.

The Monkey

The Monkey is honored by years 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

The Monkey is smart, good with memory, and clever.

The Rooster

The Rooster is honored by years 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

The Rooster is courageous, sharp, and hardworking.

The Dog

The Dog is honored by years 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

The Dog is loyal, pays attention, and honest.

The Pig

The Pig is honored by years 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

The Pig is sweet, brave, and strong.

The Rat

The Rat is honored by years 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

The Rat is giving, likable, and creative.

The Ox

The Ox is honored by years 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

The Ox is patient, a leader, and inspires.

The Tiger

The Tiger is honored by years 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

The Tiger is brave, respected, and caring.

The Rabbit

The Rabbit is honored by years 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

The Rabbit is driven, talented, and trusted.

The Dragon

The Dragon is honored by years 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

The Dragon is trusting, brave, and energetic.

The Snake

The Snake is honored by years 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

The Snake is smart, charming, and kind.

The Sheep

The Sheep is honored by years 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

The Sheep is calm, caring, and creative.

The Monkey

The Monkey is honored by years 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

The Monkey is smart, good with memory, and clever.

The Horse

The Horse is honored by years 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

The Horse is happy, well-liked, and thrifty.

The Rooster

The Rooster is honored by years 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

The Rooster is courageous, sharp, and hardworking.

The Dog

The Dog is honored by years 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

The Dog is loyal, pays attention, and honest.

The Pig

The Pig is honored by years 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

The Pig is sweet, brave, and strong.