Many stories and legends tell the origin of the Chinese zodiac or Chinese horoscope but the most well-known (and also most fun) one states that the Jade Emperor invited the entire animal kingdom to partake in a tremendous race! The first 12 animals able to cross the river, would be assigned to a year of the Chinese zodiac system in order of appearance.
All the animals were very excited and the news spread rapidly. On the day of the race all the animals gathered at the bank of the river. The Rat, although the smallest animal in the zodiac animal line-up, won the race. How?
The story goes that the Rat used his brain and played a little trick! He convinced Ox that together they would have a better chance of winning. Ox being very strong and Rat gifted by a marvellous sight would be a winning team! So, Rat hopped on the back of Ox. When they neared the other side of the river however, Rat quickly jumped ahead and was named first animal of the Chinese zodiac, followed by Ox, who came in second. Tiger claimed third prize.
Rats are cheeky, sneaky, fun and winning! Welcome to your year all those of you born in Year of the Rat.