The Chinese Zodiac consists of a twelve year cycle, each year of which is
named after a different animal that imparts distinct of its year.
Since in ancient China, people tried to find a good way of keeping track of the years, so they created the Chinese Zodiac system.
They chose twelve animals as the Twelve Signs --- the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig --- to represent the circle of the years.
Many Chinese people believe that the year of a person's birth is the primary factor in determining that person's personality traits, physical and mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout his/her life. Many people even believe that the forture of their marriage lifes is determined by the Chinese Zodiac --- they would choose or refuse a person as his/her wife/husband according to the person's year of birth ......
There may be different versions of stories telling you how the twelve animals were chosen, but here is the most popular and fascinating legend about the origination of the Chinese Zodiac.
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