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Of Cats and Hares (Another Happy New Year Post)

A friend of mine has shared this video with a group of us, and I wanted to pass this good on. Undoubtedly, one of the questions is why we celebrate the year of both Rabbit AND Cat. Well, the answer is that Cat is the animal in the Vietnamese calendar, while Rabbit rules the respective year in the Chinese zodiac. There is a linguistic explanation to this; and there is also a legend, according to which Rat loved playing tricks on the Cat, and made sure the poor animal was left out of the calendar. The video needs no introduction, however, as both Rabbit and Cat are known for their love for lazy afternoon retreats…


Author: Julia Shuvalova

Julia Shuvalova is the author of Los Cuadernos de Julia blog. She is an author of several books, a translator, and a Foreign Languages tutor. She lives and works in Moscow, Russia.

2 thoughts on “Of Cats and Hares (Another Happy New Year Post)”

  1. Thanks for sharing, Julia. Best wishes for 2011. I like the new look of your blog, btw. I always appreciate the chance to brush up my (very rusty) Russian a little here 🙂

  2. Carola, thank you! I've started writing posts in Russian, as you know, so I hope your Russian shed some rustiness off ;-)) With the blog look, I'm glad you like it, it took a bit of time to figure things out to make it better. I'm still hoping to make it load quicker, but that's a goal for 2011! :-))

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