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“Z” is for Zodiac #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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Z-Zodiac-AtoZChallengeJews are more than just about eating… or, just eating Chinese food. Yes, they have their own culinary cuisine. They’re also very spiritual people. Just like the Chinese. Yet another similarity! And both cultures have their own Zodiac, as if you didn’t know!

You come to the Chinese Quest not only just for our unbiased reviews of Chinese restaurants, but also to learn and be entertained by other articles about culture, etc. Besides, you can’t eat all day. And what better place to hang out than here, on our blog, reading articles, while you wait the hour until you’re hungry again!

The Chinese Zodiac

12 Chinese Zodiac Animals Placemat

The Chinese animal zodiac, or shengxiao (/shnng-sshyaoww/ ‘born resembling’), is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years. The Chinese Zodiac uses the details of your birth to uncover your personality traits, best lifestyle, health forecast, career direction, and compatibility with others. The Chinese Zodiac is based on a cycle of five elements and twelve animals ruling each year. According to ancient Chinese superstition, in your birth sign year, he will offend the God of Age, and will have bad luck during that year. The best way to avoid bad luck during this year is by wearing something red given by an elder (relative), such as socks, a neck cord, underwear, a waistband, a bracelet, or an anklet.

The Jewish Zodiac


The first thing that a Jew is asked when they get home, or when they arrive at a friend’s or family’s house, “Didja eat?”. So it should be no surprise then that the Jewish Zodiac revolves around food!

jews-love-chinese-foodThe Jewish Zodiac, truth be told, is a hilarious parody of the Chinese zodiac.  Instead of animals (most of which probably aren’t Kosher anyway), the Jewish Zodiac uses twelve delicatessen foods.

I must say though, that that Chinese Zodiac does look very very appetizing!!   So you see, there are a lot of similarities between Jews and Chinese (food).

So it should come then as no surprise at all why Jews LOVE Chinese food so much!!

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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  1. Here I am a Gal from Texas who can serve you up the ‘Whole Enchilada’ on a TexMex Menu, but have no clue about Latke which is where my birth year falls in the Jewish Zodiac. Who knew…obviously YOU and your dedicated readers…of which I am now one.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal
    AtoZ 2015 Challenge
    Minion for AJ’s wHooligans

  2. An informative and entertaining post as usual. Congrats on completing the challenge Mee. I have enjoyed reading through your AtoZ posts. 🙂
    Pssstt..You have a special mention in my reflections post. 🙂

    • Thanks Shantala! And as I mentioned in my A-to-Z reflections post, if it wasn’t for you and your husband, I wouldn’t have known about this. Thanks for becoming a friend!

  3. I used to enjoy looking at those placemats with the Chinese zodiac signs on these. Fun post.

    • Thanks Julia! I think I should have started a collection of placemats. There are some real collectibles out there. Perhaps it’s not too late to start! 🙂

  4. very interesting website. Congrats on finishing your challenge

  5. You guys did a great job with A to Z. Outstanding posts with useful and entertaining content. I think your blog was among the best and most unique in this year’s Challenge. Thanks for being a part of A to Z 2015.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Join us on May 4 with your post of Reflections about this year’s A to Z.

    • Lee, thank you for your very kind words! It was a blast to be a part of and so much fun to come up with subjects for some letters. Definitely helped stretch my noggin’

      I’m so glad I discovered this. GREAT work in putting it together and keeping it running year after year.

  6. I’ve always been fascinated with Zodiacs, any culture they come from. There’s something enticing in the idea you may know something about your future and maybe shape it. Whether this is true or not, I think it’s a good and positive thought and can only be good for a person.

  7. Oh, my! I really am “chopped liver” under the Jewish Zodiac! Hilarious, indeed! I hadn’t been entertained by that before. Hats off to a great A to Z series.

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