Year of the Rat

Updated: Apr 19, 2019


Recent years of the Rat are: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.


Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.


Remember, Chinese new year begins in February, so if you have a January birthday, you will be the zodiac for the year before. i.e my birthday is January 1978, so I am a snake not a horse. Some say, the further through the year you are, the stronger the qualities of the animal.


Check the list of exact CNY dates at the end of this post.


Each zodiac sign has 'allies' and 'secret friends' who are particularly powerful pillars of support. It is thought that by carrying amulets or having images of them in certain parts of your home/ office, your positive flow of energy (chi) will be empowered.


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Chinese Zodiac Tea Towel. A perfect gift. Not only a thoughtful personal gift, you are offering the gift of good luck, good health and good fortune.


Allies & Secret Friends

Allies of the Rat who offer support & good fortune are the dragon & monkey, with the Ox as its secret friend.


It is great feng shui to have these in your home, making these prints very powerful.


Lucky Numbers & Colours

Blue, green & gold are lucky colours for the Rat. 2, and 3 are lucky numbers.


Lucky Flowers

Lucky flowers for the Rat are the lily & African violet.


Personality

Though not the cutest and often with negative associations, the Rat ranks first on the Chinese zodiac signs. The Rat has spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.


The Rat's instincts are acute and alert, making them brilliant businessmen, reacting in time to avert disaster. Often noted as sophisticated, they are very adaptable and popular socially.

Strengths: Adaptable, smart, cautious, acute, alert, positive, flexible, outgoing, cheerful.

Weaknesses: Timid, unstable, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence, querulous.



Chinese Legend of the Rat

The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived 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, becoming first.


In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.


Time of day

The Rat is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Zi (子) and the midnight hours.


In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang (masculine) and represents the beginning of a new day.

Chinese New Year Dates

1940 - Feb. 08 Dragon

1941 - Jan. 27 Snake

1942 - Feb. 15 Horse

1943 - Feb. 05 Goat/Ram

1944 - Jan. 25 Monkey

1945 - Feb. 13 Rooster

1946 - Feb. 02 Dog

1947 - Jan. 22 Pig

1948 - Feb. 10 Rat

1949 - Jan. 29 Ox

1950 - Feb. 17 Tiger

1951 - Feb. 06 Rabbit

1952 - Jan. 27 Dragon

1953 - Feb. 14 Snake

1954 - Feb. 03 Horse

1955 - Jan. 24 Goat/Ram

1956 - Feb. 12 Monkey

1957 - Jan. 31 Rooster

1958 - Feb. 18 Dog

1959 - Feb. 08 Pig

1960 - Jan. 28 Rat

1961 - Feb. 15 Ox

1962 - Feb. 05 Tiger

1963 - Jan. 25 Rabbit

1964 - Feb. 13 Dragon

1965 - Feb. 02 Snake

1966 - Jan. 21 Horse

1967 - Feb. 09 Goat/Ram

1968 - Jan. 30 Monkey

1969 - Feb. 17 Rooster

1970 - Feb. 06 Dog

1971 - Jan. 27 Pig

1972 - Feb. 15 Rat

1973 - Feb. 03 Ox

1974 - Jan. 23 Tiger

1975 - Feb. 11 Rabbit

1976 - Jan. 31 Dragon

1977 - Feb. 18 Snake

1978 - Feb. 07 Horse

1979 - Jan. 28 Goat/Ram

1980 - Feb. 16 Monkey

1981 - Feb. 05 Rooster

1982 - Jan. 25 Dog

1983 - Feb. 13 Pig

1984 - Feb. 02 Rat

1985 - Feb. 20 Ox

1986 - Feb. 09 Tiger

1987 - Jan. 29 Rabbit

1988 - Feb. 17 Dragon

1989 - Feb. 06 Snake

1990 - Jan. 27 Horse

1991 - Feb. 15 Goat/Ram

1992 - Feb. 04 Monkey

1993 - Jan. 23 Rooster

1994 - Feb. 10 Dog

1995 - Jan. 31 Pig

1996 - Feb. 19 Rat

1997 - Feb. 07 Ox

1998 - Jan. 28 Tiger

1999 - Feb. 16 Rabbit

2000 - Feb. 05 Dragon

2001 - Jan. 24 Snake

2002 - Feb. 12 Horse

2003 - Feb. 01 Goat/Ram

2004 - Jan. 22 Monkey

2005 - Feb. 9 Rooster

2006 - Jan. 29 Dog

2007 - Feb. 18 Pig

2008 - Feb. 7 Rat

2009 - Jan. 26 Ox

2010 - Feb. 14 Tiger

2011 - Feb. 3 Rabbit

2012 - Jan. 23 Dragon

2013 - Feb. 10 Snake

2014 - Jan. 31 Horse

2015 - Feb. 19 Goat/Ram

2016 - Feb. 8 Monkey

2017 - Jan. 28 Rooster

2018 - Feb. 16 Dog

2019 - Feb. 5 Pig

2020 - Jan. 25 Rat

2021 - Feb. 12 Ox

2022 - Feb. 1 Tiger

2023 - Jan. 22 Rabbit


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