Il 2020 sarà l’anno del topo

Fervono preparativi per i festeggiamenti che inaugureranno tra una settimana, il 25 gennaio, l’inizio dell’anno del topo, il primo dei segni dello zodiaco cinese. Sono 12 gli animali – ovvero il topo, il bue, la tigre, il coniglio, il drago, il serpente, il cavallo, la pecora, la scimmia, il gallo, il cane e il maiale – ma il topo è il più astuto. Secondo la tradizione, infatti, nel concorso indetto dall’imperatore di Giada per decidere quali animali dovessero far parte dello zodiaco, il topo chiese al bue di lasciarlo cavalcare sulla sua schiena per attraversare un fiume. Questi acconsentì alla richiesta, ma prima che il bue tagliasse il traguardo, il topo salto giù dalla schiena del bue vincendo così la gara e diventando il primo degli animali dello zodiaco. (foto Ap)

A child squats near a depiction of a rat ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. The world's largest annual migration begins this week in China with millions of Chinese traveling to their hometowns to celebrate the Lunar New Year on Jan. 25 this year which marks the Year of the Rat on the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
A traveler rests on his suitcase in a waiting room at the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. As the Lunar New Year approached, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Travelers watch a lion dance performance at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. As the Lunar New Year approached, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Divers perform underwater dragon dance as part of upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Aquaria KLCC underwater park in Kuala Lumpur, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo)
Indonesians of Chinese descent wash a statue of Chinese god in preparation for the Lunar New Year celebration at a temple in Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Chinese communities in the world's most populous Muslim country are gearing up to celebrate the start of the year of the rat which falls on Jan. 25. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
A girl fixes a flower on her costume while waiting to start in a parade opening the Chinese New Year celebrations in Lisbon, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Rat, the first of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, officially begins on Jan. 25. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
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