Chinese Year Calendar Animals
- the various animals associated with the Chinese calendar and related to the western calendar.
The Chinese calendar famously uses animals to represent the year.
There is a total of twelve animals used for the Chinese year, the sequence repeating after the twelfth year.
The Chinese Lunar New Year is actually the longest surviving calendar system in current use, dating back to 2600BC. At this time the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the zodiac. Like the Western calendar.
The Chinese years are denoted by twelve animals - the sequence of twelve animals repeating. Legend states that the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from the Earth to bid him farewell. However only twelve came to so to reward them he named a year after each one in the order they arrived.
In addition to this, Chinese people believe the animal whose year it is has a profound influence on personality of anyone born in that year. It is said that: "This is the animal that hides in your heart."
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