Rats Marrying off Daughter
When the rats' daughter reaches the age of marriage, they tell her to select the most powerful to be her husband.
After careful consideration, the rat daughter decides that the sun is most powerful. She asks the sun to marry her. The sun says, "Dark Cloud can block sunrays. He is more powerful. You'll be better off marring Dark Cloud."
The rat daughter proposes to Dark Cloud. Dark Cloud says, "Wind can blow me away. He is more powerful. You'll be better off marring Wind."
The rat daughter proposes to Wind. Wind says, "Wall can stop me. He is more powerful. You'll be better off marring Wall."
The rat daughter proposes to Wall. But Wall says, "If rats dig holes in me, I collapse. I'm afraid of rats."
Wall's words remind the rat daughter of Cat, rats' natural enemy. It appears to her now Cat must be the most powerful. She decides to marry Cat.
Cat agrees right away. They choose a lucky date, the 7th night of the New Year, as their wedding day. The rats carry the bride in a bright red sedan chair, all the way beating gongs and drums.As soon as the bride goes into the bridal chamber, Cat eats her. "Hiding my bride in my stomach is the best way to protect her from other bullies," Cat says. Despite the ending, the traditional Chinese New Year posters of the tale display only the exhilarating scene: the rat family's wedding parade. It seems that the Chinese view the whole thing more as a natural cycle, and find humor in it. Here is another one of the posters: