Are You Born in the Year of the Rat?

The Chinese New Year Calendar

Chinese New Year isn't celebrated on the same day like New Year of the western world. This is because the Chinese use the lunar calendar – so New Year depends on the cycle of the moon and falls on a totally different day each year.

New Year is a special time in China. It is a time when the festive spirit is high and there are all kinds of celebrations going on. As has been the ancient tradition, the years are represented by animal signs associated with the change of time. There are twelve animals that repeat every twelve years and 2020 represents the first animal of the Chinese zodiac.

According to legend, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided on the arrival of each animal to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox; Rat was triumphant as first arrival and Ox became second.

Year of the Rat : 25 January 2020 – 11 February 2021

The year 2020 is represented by the Rat, sometimes considered the least adorable animal, it ranks first on the Chinese zodiac and displays most admirable characteristics – a most resourceful leader of the pack.

Elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water
Of the five Chinese elements, this year’s Rat is symbolised by metal; sensitive with strong self-awareness; persuasive with a ready compliment to brighten your day!

Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.
Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Rat year are likeable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with your opinion. Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude.

1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032

Strengths: Adaptable, smart, cautious, alert, positive, flexible, outgoing, cheerful 
Weaknesses:  Timid, unstable, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence
Good match: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
Bad match: 
Horse, Rooster
Lucky colours:  Gold, Blue, Green
Lucky numbers: 
2, 3

People born in the year of the Rat
J F Kennedy, William Shakespeare, Diego Armando Maradona, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Eminem, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson


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