year of fate
Jīnnián shì wǒ de běnmìngnián.
This year is my year of fate.
jīn nián shì shǔ nián
This year is the Year of Rat.
nǐ de xià yí gè běn mìng nián shì nǎ nián
Which is your next year of fate?
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中国文化 Chinese Culture - Know More about China
生肖 The Chinese Zodiac
The Chinese Zodiac, used by many of China's ethnic groups (including Han, Hui, and Tibetan and other Asian countries is comprised of twelve animals in a sequence assigned to each successive lunar year. Other ethnic groups and countries use a similar method, either
with different animals or with the same animals in a different order. The Chinese Zodiac has
gained popularity outside of Asia, including Eastern European and North African countries.
The Chinese Zodiac may be derived from the ancient worship of animals. When Chinese
people want to ask, "Which year were you born.” they may instead ask, "What's your animal?”
The twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac have different meanings, but are linked together in pairs: The rat represents wisdom while the ox indicates diligence; the tiger is brave and the rabbit is cautious; the dragon represents firmness while the snake represents tenderness; the horse is characterized by optimism and the sheep is characterized by softness; the monkey indicates flexibility whereas the rooster and his daily crowing indicate regularity; the dog is loyal and the pig is easygoing.
All of the above meanings reflect the ancient's expectation of life. The characteristics in every pair are different but complementary so that there is a balanced and harmonious combination.
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