Legends and mythology are a big part of Chinese culture, especially in relation to the Chinese Zodiac. The depiction on a circular chart of 12 different animals representing the 12-year cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar was built on the foundation of astronomy and Chinese Astrology which has existed for over 5,000 years.
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different fashion than the Western solar calendar. In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February. The Chinese have adopted the Western calendar since 1911, but the lunar calendar is still used for festive occasions such as the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year).
Snake 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 People born in the Year of the Snake are seductive, gregarious, introverted, generous, charming, analytical, insecure, jealous, slightly dangerous, smart, and good with money. They rely on gut feelings, are hard-working and intelligent.
The Snake: There are few animals with more symbolic associations than the snake. Chinese mythology holds that a half-human snake was the father of the Chinese emperors. They are associated with beauty and wisdom, esoteric knowledge and spiritual discovery.
The Zodiac representative on the placemats in Chinese restaurants is the Chinese Zodiac which runs from February of one year to February of the next year. The Chinese Zodiac is different than the Western Zodiac we are familiar with.
If you mean the Chinese Zodiac, it is the Year of the Rabbit.
The rooster is one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.
The rabbit is one of the twelve zodiac animals in Chinese tradition.
If you mean the Chinese zodiac. Then rat.
Just that you will be better in tune with the universal (God) energies of that year.
Unlike western Astrology that utilizes 12 signs per year, the Chinese Zodiac only uses one animal per year. Depending upon the year, will depend upon which animal is represented.
rat mean intense. ox mean calm , born tiger mean powerful rabbit mean good friend dragon mean strong snake mean prudent horse mean popular goat mean shy monkey mean inventor rooster mean organized dog mean intelligent pig mean honest that are what the 12 chinese zodiac animals mean
It means culture
they mean what type of animal u are in chinese
Honest, deligent and stubborn
If you mean the Chinese Zodiac, there are 12 of them. In sequence, Rat, Bull, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. In that sequence, each year is a different "animal year". For example, 2012 would be the year of the dragon. An infant born this year would be said to be born in the year of the Dragon, as with those who were born in 2000, 1988 and so on (in 12-year cycles). One should note that the Chinese "year" is not as clear-cut as the Western Solar year. Although for all official purposes the Chinese uses the Solar calendar, there are still some tradition-based occasions which use the Lunar calendar, including Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year. This year the Chinese New Year was on the 23rd of January. Thus if a child was born on the 22nd of January s/he would still be considered born in the year of the Rabbit. This can make finding out someone's Zodiac difficult if s/he was born in the end of January/early February, since the actual date of the Chinese New Year changes year to year between the two months. So there is no fixed animal for Chinese New Year. This year no one would mention much of the Snake. The Dragon, however, is rather popular no matter what Zodiac Year it is. It would be much more popular on "Dragon" Years, however.