According to the Chinese horoscope, there are 5 main elements: metal, water, wood, fire, earth. Each element has its own color: metal - white, water - blue, wood - green, fire - red, earth - yellow. In accordance with this, the coming 2020 is the year of a white or steel rat.        
    There are many legends dedicated to the origin of the 12 symbols of the Chinese horoscope, the most popular of which is about the Jade Emperor. According to legend, the Jade Emperor sent his servant from heaven to earth in order to bring the 12 most beautiful animals from the earth. The emperor wanted to reward them. The servant came down to earth and the first animal he saw was a rat. He handed her an invitation to the emperor at 6 o’clock in the morning, he gave the same invitations to a bull, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster and dog. He also wanted to give the invitation to the cat, but didn’t find it anywhere, and since he knew that the rat was a friend of the cat, he handed the invitation to her to pass it on to the cat.
     The rat conveyed the invitation. Learning that it was necessary to come to the emperor by 6 in the morning, the cat, fearing that he might oversleep, asked the rat to wake him up. The rat agreed, but considering that she could not be compared with the cat's beauty, and that she would look wretched against the background of the cat, she decided not to wake him in the morning. As a result, the cat overslept. And the rat came before everyone and was the first to be honored to be one of the representatives of 12 cyclically repeating years. Behind her came: a bull, a tiger, a rabbit, a dragon, a snake, a horse, a sheep, a monkey, a rooster and a dog, who were also honored to become representatives of the zodiac signs.    
    But since the cat did not appear, there were only 11 animals. The jade emperor again ordered the servant to appear on the ground and bring another animal. The first person the servant met was a pig. He brought her, and she became the 12 animals presented for the award. The cat, waking up, immediately rushed to the emperor, but it was too late. The cat became very angry and rushed to the rat. Since then, the cat and the rat have been at war :))