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The Beautiful Paper-Cuttings and Stories of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals' Signs

Updated on November 18, 2016

The Chinese traditional culture~the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals

Chinese paper-cutting is one invaluable traditional art that people(usually women) make the beautiful cards by cutting the papers, then apply colors to decorate the festivals.

The 12 Chinese Zodiac is the traditional calendar to the ancient Chinese people.

If you are interested in the traditional Chinese culture, then probably, you will love the paper cuttings of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.

The beautiful paper-cuttings of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals
The beautiful paper-cuttings of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals

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12 Chinese Zodiac Animals

Hello, everyone. As a newer of hubpages, I am very glad to be here. In this post, I will share some stories and knowledge. This article is about the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals, which is "εδΊŒη”Ÿθ‚–" in Chinese, and that is a very interesting thing to know.

There are 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, they are: the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig, by the way, this year is the year of snake in China.

UPDATE: here to read why there is no cat in 12 Chinese Zodiac animals :)

Some stories about the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals:

The Traditional Chinese Names of the 12 Zodiac Animals

As we all know that China is a country located in the East Asia, with a very long history, there are many many interesting stories in the culture of China, and the Chinese Zodiac is just one of them. It is said that thousands years ago, in the ancient China, the wise Chinese ancestors got the idea of taking the animals to represent the years, so that they could remember the years and the year that people were born clearly enough.

The legendary story of the famous 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals: In the ancient China, people often could not remember the year that they were born, so they can not know their ages clearly, then the legend story coming, the Jade Emperor called the animals of the world to help people to solve the problem. At last, there are twelve animals came to the governmental building of the Jade Emperor, all of them became representatives of the Chinese Zodiac. The Jade Emperor of legend gave each animal of them the right to represent one year of the twelve years as one circle of the time.

Paper-cuttings of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac: In China, there are many beautiful paper-cuttings when the traditional Spring Festival coming, here to look at each paper-cuttings of the 12 famous animals.

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Rat

The character analysis of the zodiac rat people

There are 12 animal-signs of the (ancient) Chinese astronomy zodiac stories, and the Rat is the first one of them.
In this post, let me share the character analysis about the people whose zodiac is rat sign(the rat zodiac people) .
***please note that do not take the zodiac character analysis too seriously, just for entertainment.

To the zodiac rat people, friendship and love are so important to them, you can not imagine what they will do for them, do not abandon, and do not separate, even if not love each other, but not be entangled, zodiac rat people are straightforward.

Even though there are too many weaknesses, it also give way born pessimistic messenger role, if you love zodiac rat person, you will win an extraordinary warmth and everlasting love; if you do not love zodiac rat people, they will still want to give you the freedom and the silence future.

Zodiac Rat people laugh like children, but it is a mystery and not true as what you see. A touch of gentle innocent smile can hide a sentimental heart, they are very stubborn, which sometimes is persistent frightening. For people who they are not interested in not expression, it is difficult for them to give them a big smile, the zodiac rat people reject all the inveracious people even things.

The personality of the zodiac people is sensitive, with strong possessive, emotional insecurity and have a sense of dependency. They like imagining crankily, it is hard for zodiac rat people to step out of their too sad memories of the past, which is difficult to explain.

Zodiac Rat people always think they have extraordinary endurance, they think they themselves are very strong and the others are fragiler than them. If the zodiac rat people love you, any other excessive demands you want to get, they will accept, dedication, without a word of complaint.

Rat people are best at their own hard work, they do not want to upset the others, which, however, sometimes makes themselves sad.

So, which zodiac animal sign are yours?

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Ox

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Tiger

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Rabbit

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Dragon

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Snake

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Horse

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Sheep

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Monkey

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Rooster

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Dog

Beautiful Paper-cutting of the Chinese Zodiac Animal: Pig

So, let's find your animal year of the Chinese Zodiac Animals:

This year 2013 is the year of snake in China, the chart below shows the Chinese Zodiac Animals years, each year is meaning that the year you were born, so you can find your Chinese Zodiac Animal year.

Which Chinese Zodiac Animal Year You Were Born In?

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      Xinyang Zhang 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Love the pictures.

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      ehonhdouzi 3 years ago

      hi, Xinyang Zhang, thanks your comment

      :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Why didn't the cat was included in the zodiac sign?

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      ehonhdouzi 2 years ago

      peachpurple, there is a story to explain why there is no cat, hmm, I am going to write a hub about it right now, :) thank you.

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      ehonhdouzi 6 months ago

      Hello, abit at steemit, The Chinese traditional culture~the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals~beautiful paper cuttings of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals' signs

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