How the Rabbit Turned into the Cat

February 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Posted in itchy mouth | Leave a comment
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As Chinese around the globe welcome the Bunny for the Year of the Rabbit, Vietnamese is purr-fectly happy being the odd one out. Why? Cos they are celebrating the Year of the CAT.

So, how did the Rabbit turn into a Cat?

It all began as a misunderstanding – The Chinese word for rabbit is 卯 (mao), which sounds like ‘meo’ in Vietnamese, meaning cat. So while others celebrate the Year of Rabbit, Vietnamese will celebrate the Year of Cat. Hahah…Apparently, the Vietnamese have no interest to change it now. Since most of Vietnamese people are farmers, they prefer the cats as they can kill rats that threaten their crops whereas rabbits are the ones who will eat the crops!

Haha…interesting right? A pity Itchyfingers are not in Vietnam now, cos it would be nice to see decoration of the cats all over the street. For Chinese who celebrate the Year of Rabbit, we have red packets with bunny design. So I guess for the Vietnamese, their choice of design will be the cat! 😀


Itchyfingers happened to see this set of 招财猫 (Fortune Cat) red packets…


Called Maneki Neko in Japanese, they are also known as the Lucky Cat,
Fortune Cat or Welcoming Cat…


These do not cost much and has six design in a pack. The back of the red
packet is not left empty too…


Initially we had thought if these were sold last year for the Year of Tiger,
at least it is more related as they are both from the Cat Family…


Then we thought the 招财猫 is a lucky symbol itself so it is appropriate
to use on the red packet..haha


But now we know that the Year of the Rabbit is the same as the Year of
the Cat! Hahaha…

Happy New Year to all!

Also see related posts:
> Museum Hopping for Bunnies
> Gong Xi Fa Cai! – Taipei, Taiwan Trip #4

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