From The Cultural Connotation of Chinese Zodiac
Rats are fertile, and they are a sign of the production worship. They also enjoy a keen sense to danger, so the mining workers respect them, and pass their worship and awe to them from generation to generation. The rat is considered to be smart and quick in mind, and in some places, a sign of wealth to worship.
People attach merits suck as honesty, diligence, and selflessness to the Ox. The Chinese year of 2021 is the Year of the Ox, starting February 12, 2021 and lasting until January 31, 2022. The next Chinese year is the Year of the Tiger, starting February 1, 2022 until January 31, 2023.
Tiger is thought to be the king of all the beast and a symbol of fierceness and masculinity. The Yin character, from the Twelve Earthly Branches representing the tiger, has the shape of an arrow. It incited a sense of both awe and worship for its power and ferocity. Tiger is one of the four guardian gods of the Taoism.
The rabbit is a tame creature representing loads of good wishes as one of Chinese zodiac. In the traditional sense, the idioms of rabbits are mostly negative, while new meanings are also given to the animal: vigorous like a rabbit; advance like a rabbit.
The picture of “prosperity brought by a dragon and phoenix” was symbolic of Chinese culture after Tang Dynasty, meaning the power of the emperor and empress, the perfect combination of a couple, and the harmony between matters and spirits. Dragon is the totem of China as well as its symbol. Chinese deem that dragon is the god-like beast standing for luck, which can also control rain and wind.
The snake is one of the most ancient and vital animals in nature. People worship the snake and think they could bring people fortune.