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George — August 24, Unknown — August 30, Aw, cute story. I might be getting too technical for this, but just wanted to add that the year chart information can be inaccurate for people born in January or February, depending on when the Chinese New Year started. But such a cute story. Bertie — January 18, Try it out! Then I Minused the 4 and I got 5! So I tried it with a bigger number than 5. And when I minused 77, guess what I got?

You can do it with any number!!! Dear Bertie, In my version the animals are too loud then they have a race and someone declared that they would all be for the new year. China is a veary stron and beautiful country. Bertie — June 5, Such a wonderful story! This story has tons of versions but I like this better than the one I usually hear.

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They version I usually hear is different as the rabbit hitched on the tiger, the snake rode the horse and came after the horse by a flicker of his tongue and the dragon stopped by a village to make rain. You should probally write in if there is going to be an age of the cats because right now i am on frointer learning about cats. Roosters are extrovert and love to strut their stuff, , — Year of the Rat Rats are ambitious and very focused on their goals, but they are also fun and love gossip.

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I have the same problem as Jasmine B about wanting to be a dog instead of a pig. No wonder I am so good at making pig noises! Dear Bertie and Natasha, Thank you for reading this story and putting it online! I am Chinese and heard this story a few times but I never knew this version! And this came from India? My three best friends are all Indian. I think it is an amazing story! Best wishes, Thank you. In the sentince the animals limberd for the race it says for for the race mabey you should fix that. I really liked this story. I just wish rooster came in first.

I think it gives people a fun and interesting way to learn and know the Chinese zodiac. I was born in , so dose that mean my spirt animal is a Tiger?!?! I forgot to tell you a happy ST. Patricks day! I think the oxen really is me because I am kind — hearted and I am always determined to help people.

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It was really interesting! It was a cool story. It told me more stuff about China, and the animals!! I am born in the year of the tiger. I am a tiger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comments are moderated. He became so cross about this, that he pushed the rat into the water. Hi Natasha, My daughter loves listening to Story Nory. Keith, Really glad your daughter liked the story. See ya next time bye. Hi Saffron-Sheryl, Colin and I like each other really — most of the time. Ahsan Certainly you can — we really like people to use our stories in schools.

Hi Maya, You must have missed that bit. Natasha said He was followed by the rabbit — who although he hated getting his ears wet — was very determined, and was helped by the dragon.

Hatem It depends on what year you were born in. Recent years are listed above. Thanks for your comments! Hey Bertie have you ever seen a dragon??

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I have one of my friends was born in the year of the dragon :p. I thought of the number 2. Howdy, Just saying hello to this forum. The real Chinese story is pretty different: The rat forgot to wake the cat up, but saw the ox lumbering on, so hopped on him, and during the RACING contest, jumped off the ox just in time to come first on the zodiac, behind the finish line.

The three main things about the story are 1. Very nice animals. I like the bit when the dog made everyone wet. I like the story very much. But i want to know that who was buddha. I was bron on the year of the sheeeeeeeeep which means gaoooooooooooooooooooooooot!!!!!!!!!!!! This very much a westernised and adapted version though.. Bye Age 8.

A certain animal represents each year during the Chinese New Year. Legend tells us that when Buddha lay on his deathbed, he asked the animals of the forest to come and bid him farewell. These 12 were the first to arrive. Based on the order of their arrival, Buddha gave each animal a year of its own, bestowing the nature and the characteristics of each to those born in that animal year. However, this is only one version of the legend.

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In certain far Eastern countries, the cat is the astrological symbol instead of the Rabbit. The animal year in which you were born profoundly influences your life. The Chinese say, "This is the animal that hides in your heart". In addition to the twelve animals of Chinese astrology there are also five elements wood, fire, earth, metal and water. A Chinese horoscope is divided into interlocking sets of the numbers ten and twelve. The Cat is the fourth animal symbol in the year cycle of the Vietnamese zodiac and Gurung zodiac , taking place of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac.

Cats are in conflict with the Rat. Legends relating to the order of the Chinese zodiac often include stories as to why the cat was not included among the twelve. Because the Rat tricked the cat into missing the banquet with the Jade Emperor , the cat was not included and was not aware that the banquet was going on and was not given a year, thus began the antipathy between cats and Rats. It is possible domesticated cats had not proliferated through China at the zodiac's induction. Another legend known as "The Great Race" tells that all the animals in the zodiac were headed to the Jade Emperor.

The Cat and Rat were the most intelligent of the animals, however they were both also poor swimmers and came across a river. They both tricked the kind, naive Ox to assist them by letting them ride on its back over the river.

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As the Ox was approaching the other side of the river, the Rat pushed the Cat into the river, then jumped off the Ox and rushed to the Jade Emperor, becoming the first in the zodiac. All the other animals made it to the Jade Emperor, while the Cat was left to drown in the river after being sabotaged by the Rat. It is said that this is also the reason cats always hunt Rats. There have been various explanations of why the Vietnamese, unlike all other countries who follow the Sino lunar calendar, have the cat instead of the Rabbit as a zodiac animal.