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How did the Chinese decide which animal is associated with which year?

Question

Following Chinese New Year it is year of the Rabbit. How was each year determined?

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Kit, Stanmore
Qualification: Is Chinese
Answer: In Chinese folklore 12 animals knew they were going to have years named after them so they decided to have a race to determine the order. They jumped into the river and the Ox - the strongest swimmer - was about to win but just before he got to the other side the sneaky rat, who had jumped onto the Ox for a piggy back, jumped ahead - so is the first year.