According to the Chinese Lunar calendar, 2020 is the Year of the Rat, from January 25 to February 11, 2021.  Chinese new year – Spring Festival (春节chūn jié), falls on January 25, 2020, 1st day in 1st lunar month. Chinese people will have seven days off work, the holiday is from January 24 to 30, 2020, the longest public holiday; The grandest traditional festival in China, annual family reunion, eat dumplings, set off fireworks.

The Zodiac Sign for 2020 — Rat

The Chinese Zodiac (生肖, shēng xiào) is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Long time ago, the Jade Emperor decide to have a race to give a name to each year of the Chinese zodiac, the rat asked the ox to take him a ride to cross the river and jumped down before the ox crossed the finish line, so the rat won the race and became the first of the zodiac animals. A Rat year occurs every 12 years.

It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar. You can use the calculator to search for your Chinese zodiac animal sign. Select your Gregorian date of birth, and you’ll reveal your date of birth according to the lunar calendar, together with your zodiac sign.

Zodiac Year of Birth – 本命年 běnmìngnián

The animal year when a person was born is called his / her 本命年(běn mìng nián, Zodiac Year of Birth). The distinctive zodiacal way of calculating years based on the lunar calendar decides that every once in every twelve-year cycle people will meet their birth signs.

Those born in 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020 are Rats.
Rats can always react properly before the worst circumstances take place. They are sophisticated and popular in social interaction. They are sanguine and very adaptable, being popular with others.

Strengths: energetic, smart, cautious, acute, alert, optimistic, flexible, outgoing
Weakness: Timid, unstable, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence, querulous.
Ox, Dragon and Monkey are the most compatible with Rat.

Careers fit for Rats

Because of their independence and imagination, they are suitable for creative jobs, such as artists, editors and authors. However, if they join a team, their creative outlet may be blocked. Rats also pay attention to fine detail. They are fit for technical work, such as engineering and architecture.

Lucky Signs for people Born in Rat Year
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3
Lucky Colors: gold, blue, green
Lucky Flowers: lily, African violet, lily of the valley
Lucky Directions: southeast, northeast

Wish you all a prosperous and healthy New Year of the Rat!
Happy New Year ( 新年快乐 xīnnián kuàilè )!

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