Xiao Nian – Little New Year

小年 (“Xiao Nian”), or Little New Year, falls on the 23rd of the month of La, which, as explained in my previous article on La Ba, is the month preceding New Year.

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The Race For The Chinese Zodiac

There is a plethora of legends and folk tales on how the origin of the order of the Chinese zodiac. One popular tale is of the animals being invited to heaven to wish the Jade Emperor well on his birthday. The Cat loved to sleep but asked the Rat to wake him up on the day of the Jade Emperor’s birthday. The Rat did not do so but instead left the Cat to sleep away the big day while he sneaking up to Heaven…..

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