Want to know what animal you are? Find out the historical origins of the Chinese New Years animals.
The event of Chinese New Years is without a doubt considered to be the most prominent event in the Chinese lunar calendar. The traditional celebrations have been going on for years and the festive spirit is pretty much alive even today. The unique characteristic of the Chinese New Year is however the twelve year cycle that associates the coming of the year with an animal symbol.
The Chinese New Years animal follows a twelve year cycle and hence repeats. According to their present status, the next year should be the year of the Ox. The old philosophers of China have done a research on the behavior of the animals and have drawn a similarity between their personality traits and human nature.
Thereby if any person is born on the year of a certain animal he is supposed to bear resemblance to the nature of the animal of that particular year. Any individual who has taken birth in the year of the ox is bound to have decent organizational talent and they are considerably reliable and loyal. Also such people are patient and strong.
The theory of the twelve year cycle with the animals assigned to each year is derived from the Buddhist dharma. Legend has it that it was Buddha himself who summoned all these animals before he descended down to earth. There was a competition to be held amongst these animals where the first one to reach the finishing line would be assigned to the first year.
The race began during which there was intense competition and betrayal especially on the part of the rat that had made a deal with the cat but didn’t adhere to his word. All the while it seemed as though the ox would take the top spot as it made its way through the crowd. Little did the ox know that the clever rat was actually riding on its back and just when the ox was about to reach the finish line the rat leaped forward to claim the first position.
Thus, we will see that the starting year of the twelve year lunar cycle is the year of the rat as he cleverly managed to come first in the race and then it is followed by the year of ox as the hardworking animal secured second place. The ox is then followed by the rest of the animals in order of the positions they secured with pig having the last position.
If you are in a doubt as to why only twelve animals came to Buddha and why only these specific animals came, then do not look for any answers to such questions. As a matter of fact, this is nothing but an ancient culture which has been just kept alive up till today and is strongly followed. As a token of honor and appreciation for their coming, Buddha assigned a year each to the animals.