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« on: January 24, 2020, 08:08:48 am »

Dear all,

Chinese New Year starts tomorrow! Happy New Year of the Rat!

Wishing all of you good health, happiness, peace and prosperity!

Best wishes,
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2020, 12:04:05 pm »

To everybody!
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BTW it is a waterdropper Cheesy


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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2020, 08:35:34 pm »

Happy New Year !

 
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2020, 09:25:10 am »

Dear Giovanni,

     Isn't it an Ox?!
Happy New Year of the Rat/Mouse/Tree-Rat/etc...
And where did you find the Yiddish?
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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2020, 03:37:06 pm »

Dear Joey,
the Yiddish belongs from Google translator, not sure if it is right.
The water dropper is representing a rat or mouse carrying its baby on the back. It is surely a rat or mouse because of the shape of the tail.
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2020, 12:22:42 am »

Dear All,
Happy Chinese New Year to everyone.
The Year of the Rat has not got off to a good start. Let's hope that is a sign the rest of the year will be extra good.

Dear Giovanni and Joey,
I'm surprised that neither of you is familiar with the story of the racing contest between all of the Zodiac Animals to see which one could reach a certain finish line first. The final leg of the race involved crossing a fast-flowing river. The Ox was clearly the strongest swimmer, so the Rat asked if it could hitch a ride on its back, to which it agreed. When they reached the other side, the Rat sprang off and sprinted to the finish ahead of all the other animals.
Hence, the Rat on the Ox's back.

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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2020, 02:11:34 am »

Dear Tom,
thank you but I knew the story already and I believe that Joey too knew that.
It is a rat (or mouse). Chinese ox is always represented with horns for what I have seen and the nose/mouth is square. The tips of the two tails are the same and just end as a naked tip, exactly like that of the rats (or mouse), unlike that of the ox, whose tail ends with a tuft.
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2020, 11:38:23 pm »

Dear Giovanni,

It still looks like an ox to me, but I take your point about the horns and tail.  Wink

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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2020, 12:46:25 am »

Guys,

    I did NOT know the story, but it is interesting.
I see Giovanni's points about 'ox' characteristics, but still don't think the carrier animal looks like a rat.

But    GONG XI FA ZAI   /   GUNG HEE FA CHOY / A GUT YUHR

to All,

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