Are you ready to welcome the Year of the Ox? It is coming in just over a month.
The ox is the second animal in the Chinese zodiac (生肖). In one folk story (民间传说), all of the animals held a race to choose (选择) the 12 animals of the zodiac. The ox was in first place. But it didn’t see a rat (老鼠) on its back. When the ox was close to the finishing line, the rat jumped down and became the winner!