Chinese New Year 2020 | Year of the Metal Rat
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Chinese New Year 2020 - Year of the Golden Rat

Fittingly, this new decade begins with the first animal in the cycle of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals – the rat.

According to Chinese folklore, the origin of the zodiac order was determined by a race between all 12 creatures. The emperor hosted a party and decried that the order of the Zodiac would be based on the order by which each creature arrived at the party.

In order to be first, the rat hopped on the back of the ox, and dashed in front of him at the finish line. In Chinese culture, the rat’s position as first represents the beginning, or a new start. They are seen as a sign of wealth and surplus.

Those born in the year of the rat are said to be clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life. They are self-aware and sensitive to their surroundings, they thrive in the spotlight but can be hot-tempered and jealous.

2020 Golden Rat
2020 Golden Rat

Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Rat year are likable 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.

On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.

Men born in the Rat year are clever and adapt quickly to new environments. They are creative, and great at taking advantage of opportunities. However, they sometimes lack the courage to do so. Although they have great ideas, they might not be suitable for leadership positions.

Women born in the Rat year are traditional women. They love keeping things organized and place great value on the family. Everything within the home is taken care of by them and there is no need for their husband to worry. Outside of home, they’re also someone with a sense of responsibility and ability.

Since childhood, Rats have frail health. They have energetic personalities, but tire quickly. They catch colds often, but thankfully are not highly susceptible serious illnesses.

They are sensitive to change in temperature. Not only is cold weather unbearable for them, they also can’t stand hot weather. But despite seeming weak and not being able to perform hard physical work, they enjoy longevity.

Rats can eat anything, whether they are delicacies or plain food. However, they should pay attention to their diet. Many times, they will get too preoccupied with work and forget to eat. Going long periods without food and suddenly bingeing cause problems in their digestive system. Enemies of their health also include smoking and drinking habits.

For a healthy life, Rats must remember to eat breakfast, do moderate exercise and remain cheerful.

Grand Millenium Plaza Garden Chinese New Year Décor in January 2020, By Le La Kam - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0