Monday 26 October, 2020

Chinese New Year: The Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year: 2020 (January 25, 2020 - February 11, 2021)

Chinese New Year: 2020 (January 25, 2020 - February 11, 2021)

The most important holiday celebrated by a sixth of the world’s population (that’s billions of folks) is the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival.

This year is no different!

It's the Year of the Metal Rat, starting from the 2020 Chinese New Year on January 25 and lasting to the 2021 Lunar New Year’s Eve on February 11.

Some of us would’ve needed an astrologer to break this down, but here’s the skinny.

The Loop Lifestyle team went researching and found some pretty cool facts about the first of the Earthly Branch symbols representing the Chinese Year.

The Chinese zodiac dates back to the fifth century BCE and incorporates a 12-year cycle of 12 animal signs that are believed to indicate traits, strengths, weaknesses, and luckiness based on a person’s zodiac animal and year.

Fun Fact: Jack Ma, Chinese founder of Alibaba Group, which is the largest e-commerce business in China, was worth $41.8 billion in 2019. His zodiac sign? The lucky dragon.

Rats symbolise wealth, intelligence, success and wisdom to the Chinese.

They represent the midnight hours (that explains a LOT!), and, in terms of the Yin and Yang theory, rats rep the Yang and signify the beginning of a new day…hello Wednesday!

A person born in the Year of the Rat is thought to be clever, optimistic, and favoured by all – the verdict is still out on this one.

Rats also symbolise wealth, intelligence, success and wisdom.

In particular, men born in this year are able to adapt to new situations, while women take a caring, organised approach.

Other fun facts about persons born in The Year of the Rat

The Rat Year starts January 25 2020 and ends February 11 2021

Lucky Numbers: 2, 3

Lucky Colours: Gold, Blue, Green

Lucky Flowers: Lily, African violet, Lily of the Valley

Lucky Directions: Southeast, Northeast

Unlucky Numbers: 5, 9

Unlucky Colours: Yellow, Brown

Unlucky Direction: West

Best Matches: Ox, Dragon, Monkey

They can get along with the Ox, Dragon and Monkey partners, and their relationship will be well maintained as fresh as before. There is no big rise and fall in their lifetime, but there will never be a lack of romance and passion.

Bad Matches: Horse, Rooster

If they get together, there will be endless quarrels. They are all sharp in words, and seldom make compromises. Picky in each other’s faults, they cannot be tolerant, which leads to their final divergence.

Best Jobs: Artist, author, doctor, teacher...

Best Working Partners: Ox, Monkey, Dragon

Best Age to Start a Business: 35 - 45

Best Career Fields: Service Industry, Finance and Economy Field

Rats also tend to have strong reproductive capacity, so the Chinese oft think of them as a sign of virility. So much so, married couples have been known to pray to them in the hopes of conceiving.

2020, in particular, is the Year of the Metal Rat, and is seemingly a good time to secure the bag, stack those coins, or simply put in boomer vernacular: save/invest.

Apparently, the Year of the Metal Rat – last experienced January 28 1960 to February 14 1961) - is a good time to give birth.

Theoretically, this can be anything from birthing ideas or making an investment to childbirth, as metal symbolises stability and longevity.

Speaking of maternity, there’s even better news for those born in the Year of the Metal Rat.

Though they tend to be reliable and live a stable life, they also have the ability to turn unlucky events into a fortune.

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè (新年快) or Happy New Year!

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