Zodiac animals painted in Government and Fisgard crosswalk

Zodiac animals painted in Government and Fisgard crosswalk

The City of Victoria has painted the 12 zodiac animals on the crosswalk at the intersection of Government and Fisgard streets to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

In an email, a city spokesperson tells CHEK News the idea came through feedback in the Government Street North Project.

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“The project was envisioned with the help of members of the Chinatown business community,” the statement says.

“In addition to the underground infrastructure replacement and road safety improvements, the corridor includes landscaping and artistic banners, as well as the mural feature to celebrate and frame the Chinatown Gates.”

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In Chinese culture, each year is represented by one of 12 animals, which are believed to influence people’s personalities and lives.

The 12 animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

People born in the Year of the Tiger, which is this year, are believed to be natural leaders.

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