Year of the cat in Vietnam

If you’ve ever dined in a Chinese restaurant, you’ve probably seen the placemats explaining the Chinese zodiac, with twelve different animals assigned to each year in a cycle of twelve years. There is no cat in the Chinese zodiac, but there is a rabbit; in the Vietnamese variation of the Chinese calendar, the cat replaces the rabbit. People born in a “year of the cat” are (as you might guess) supposed to be aloof and devious, but also loving. The last year of the cat was 1999.
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