Year of the Rooster
According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, we enter the Year of the (Fire) Rooster on January 28, 2017.
There are several legends about the twelve animals in the zodiac calendar and their order. One of them is the following:
Once upon a time, the Jade Emperor, who ruled the heaven, sent a message to all the animals asking them to come together so that he could give each of them a year. This would make it easier for the people of China to keep track of time.
While crossing a river, the Rat jumped on the back of the Ox, who saw no problem giving him a lift from one riverbank to the other. on condition that he sang for the ox. Before arriving, the rat jumped off the Ox and became the first lucky animal of the Chinese zodiac. The Ox arrived second.
After a long gap the Tiger arrived, exhausted after a difficult swim. The emperor was pleased with his efforts and named the third year after him.
Suddenly, from a distance came the Rabbit, who explained he had managed to cross the river by jumping across the stones and sailing on a log, followed by the Dragon . The latter explained he had been held back because he had had to stop and make rain to help all the creatures of the earth. On his way to the shore, he had also seen the helpless Rabbit trying to cross the river on a log, so he had had to give a puff of breath and create some wind to help him cross.
Before long, the Horse came into view: he was swimming furiously and was just about to make land when the Snake slipped out from under his hooves. This sudden appearance made him rear up in shock, allowing the Snake to get the sixth spot, while the Horse placed sevent
Soon after, the Goat, the Monkey and the Rooster came to the shore. The three creatures had travelled together on a raft, helping each other.
The eleventh animal was the Dog, so late because, even though he was a very good swimmer, he could not resist the temptation to play a little longer in the river,
Finally a squeal was heard from the Pig , who, having got hungry during the race, had stopped for a meal and a nap. After that he had continued the race and was named the twelfth animal of the zodiac cycle.
When the Cat finally arrived, so late because the rat hadn’t woken him up as promised, the selection was over. That’s why other animals appear behind the little rat, and cats hate rats and chase them.