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Monday, 2 March 2015

Chinese New Year History and the 12 Zodiacs

SpicyIrv Family Dinner at Fei Chui, Kajang

After my previous posting Finally a Piece of Home Town #Steamboat! Darn. Missing home now. Knowing how much my Luv not wanting to leave home. Makes me more wanting to stay back in Malaysia. No where feels more like home. However, reality is, lets be patient. We will be back soon!

EsterLuv Family Dinner at Jaya33, PJ
Chinese New Year have been a wonderful festival for chinese. Nothings better than getting together with friends and family for a great purpose. Celebration.

Well, i have always wondered how did Chinese New Year and the 12 Zodiacs came about. Due to the deep and long ancient history. There are many views. Here are the ones i found interesting. Lets share!

Chinese New Year History

Dinner with Mates at Pantai Seafood, PJ
Long long ago~, the beginning of Chinese New Year all started with a mythical beast called the "Year". The "Year" looks like an giant ox with a lion head that inhabits the deep sea. 

At the night of New Year's Eve, the "Year" will come out and cause destruction. Humans lived in fear during those times.

As time passes, humans have started fighting back. Sooner they found that the "Year" fears the color red, fire, and loud sounds. No different from any land predator. 

Therefore, people started posting red Dui Lian in front of their house as well as launching fireworks, and hanging lanterns at year end. This have slowly became a celebration as the "Year" have not returned due to fear. Happy Chinese New Year!

The 12 Zodiacs

The Twelve Cute Zodiacs
This goes way back in time, once upon a time, lol, one day, the Jade Emperor (The Emperor in Heaven in Chinese folklore) made an order that animals would be designated as calendar signs and the twelve animals that arrived first would be selected.

During those times, the cat and the rat were good friends. Just like old Tom and Jerry. When they heard of the news, the cat excitedly tell the rat: 'We should arrive early to sign up! but I usually get up late.' The rat then promised to wake up earlier and then wake the cat up.

Finally, the sun rises, when the rat got up, he was too excited to recall his promise, off he goes.. While rushing to the meeting point, the rat encountered many other huge animals.. like the tiger, ox, horse, and other animals. They are huge and fast. In order not to fall behind them, the rat thought up a good idea. He made the ox carry him on condition that he sang for the ox.

At last, the ox and the rat arrived first. The ox was happy thinking that he would be the first sign of the years, but the rat had already slid in front, and became the first lucky animal of the Chinese zodiac. Therefore, the ox doesnt like helping the rat anymore.

Meanwhile his neighbor the cat was too late so when it finally arrived, the selection was over!?!  The cat was furiousss!

That's why other animals appeared behind the little rat and why the cat hates the rat so much that every time they meet, the cat will chase, catch, play and kill it.


suituapui said...

Nothing like Chinese New Year at home with all loved ones - family and friends. Didn't I read somewhere before that you're from Sarikei, Sarawak...near Sibu where I am? You didn't go back there...or I read/remembered wrongly?

Yee Ling said...

I agree having family and loved ones all around to celebrate the festival is always fun and filled with laughter.

I think the pao is also for birthday celebration right. It has been a while since I see those lovely pao.

libys11 said...

wow.. what a fun gathering! thanks for sharing these photos!

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Irvine Chin said...

suituapui, yea mentioned before. Was Sarikei! Close to ya.! didnt manage to go back due to no leave :(

Hi Yee Ling, yup, the pao is for birthday celebration! longevity bun :)))

Hi Libys11 thanks for dropping by. thanks!

Huai Bin said...

I know it!!! I told the story of the cat (and how it didn't get into the Zodiac) to my cousins and none of them has heard of it.

I was amazed coz I thought it was a pretty common story! Well, now I know I'm not the only one.

Happy Chap Goh Meh to you and your loved ones! :)

suituapui said...

Ok. Hope to catch you in transit if you ever get to go back - give me a shout-out in my blog and I'll be waiting.

Merryn said...

This is a great story. Must tell this to my son so he'll know why the cat is not included in the Chinese Zodiac :D

Irvine Chin said...

Hey Huai Bin, yea not many people actually bothers to know why these things exist and how i came about. And we are the few that want to know!

suituapui, definitely, bring me to thoese amazing places for food! lol

Merryn thanks, yeah you have too! while they are watching tom and jerry hehe

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