Another lunar year has gone by as we welcome a brand new one. I wish you all lots of good luck and happiness!
Today, I share with you this cute little video by Off The Great Wall. These guys are one of my favourite channels this year and pretty appropriate for this post! This video tells the story of the Chinese Zodiac.
I love the way they tell it because it’s just super duper adorable!
There are actually a few variations of the Chinese Zodiac story – the two main ones being The Great Race (as in the video) and The Banquet (which was my first story… thanks Fruits Basket! 😀 ).
The Banquet story told of God asking all the animals to join him to eat a big feast together. Like in The Great Race, the Rat played a trick on the Cat, telling him the banquet was the day after. The Cat then slept, dreaming of the meal… but of course, he had missed it and thus was missed out from the Zodiac.
With both stories, the Cat was cruelly tricked, so people say this is why cats chase rats.
Because of this story, I’ve since had it in my head that the Cat was the ‘secret’ 13th zodiac animal. You know how in video games, they have hidden levels or characters, called the ‘hidden’ or ‘bonus’ ones? The non-canon parts that aren’t strictly part of the main game/story but are still… sort of… part of it as a whole?
Chinese New Year actually started on Friday (31st January 2014). Due to the world working in mysterious ways, I was given a more-intense-than-usual day at work so there wasn’t much opportunity for me to really celebrate on the actual day. However, traditionally New Year celebrations continue for 15 days 🙂 The weekend brought a nice New Year meal and delicious nin gao.
They say it’s considered good luck to eat nin gao at New Year – so if I get any, I’ll be sure to pass some on to all of you! 🙂
Happy Chinese New Year, dear readers!