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The Story of the Great Race

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The Story of the Great Race

Many, many moons ago, on the birthday of the deity known as the Jade Emperor, the animals were gathered to participate in a great race-- the results of which would determine the names of each year in the Chinese Zodiac.

At the final part of the race, the creatures found that to win, they would have to cross a vast, raging river, and meet the Emperor on the bank on the other side.

The years in the calendar would then be named for each animal in the order they reached him.

All of the participants desired the first place spot, but some would go to greater lengths than others to seize it. The way each animal performed in the race is believed to inform the habits and personalities of those born in the year with that animal’s name… Read on to learn more about each creature and the years they represent!

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