Many foreign friends know that everyone in China has an animal sign, Do you know what they are?
The twelve animals, also known as zodiac, are twelve kinds of animals in China that match the year of birth of everyone, including rats, cattle, tigers, rabbits, dragons, snakes, horses, sheep, monkeys, chickens, dogs and pigs.
The origin of the zodiac is related to animal worship. According to the Qin Bamboo Slips Unearthed in Shuihudi, Yunmeng, Hubei Province and Fangmatan, Tianshui, Gansu Province, a relatively complete Zodiac system existed in the pre Qin period. It is estimated that the zodiac culture is more than 3000 years ago.
The twelve zodiac animals are the visualized representatives of the twelve Branches of the earth, i.e. Zi (rat), Chou (ox), Yin (tiger), Mao (rabbit), Chen (Dragon), Si (snake), Wu (horse), Wei (sheep), Shen (monkey), you (chicken), Xu (dog), Hai (pig). With the development of history, they have gradually integrated into the folk belief concept of mutual survival and mutual restraint, which is manifested in marriage, life, annual luck, etc There are rich legends in all kinds of Chinese zodiac, which form a kind of conceptual interpretation system and become the image philosophy in folk culture, such as the zodiac on marriage, temple fair prayer and fate prediction.
Today, every year, there are one of the twelve animals as a representative, so more people regard the Chinese Zodiac as the mascot of the Spring Festival and a symbol of entertainment and cultural activities.
The Chinese zodiac, as a long-standing folk cultural symbol, has left a large number of poems, Spring Festival couplets, paintings, calligraphy and painting and folk arts and crafts works depicting the image and symbolic significance of the zodiac. In addition to China, many countries around the world issue Zodiac stamps during the Spring Festival to express their wishes for the Chinese New Year.
If you want to know what kind of animal your zodiac is, please contact me. 2020 is rat, 2021 is ox, 2022 is tiger and so on.
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