Officially starts on the 25th January, the Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Previous Years include 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and now 2020
Personality and characteristics
Optimistic and energetic, people born in the year of the Rat likeable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but maybe stubborn with others’ opinions. They have a kind personality but can sometimes be direct.
Financially, they like saving and accumulating wealth. Their love of collecting things sometimes causes them to spend on more than the necessary.
Lucky things for Rats
• Colours: blue, gold, green
• Numbers: 2, 3
• Flowers: lily, African violet, valley lily
• Directions of wealth: southeast, east
• Directions of love: west
Many people think their zodiac year will be lucky. It is your year after all. However, it’s actually seen as a challenge to overcome.
Even in modern times, it’s still taken very seriously. In some places, married men even have to be accompanied by their wives when they go out at night when it’s their year!