Happy Lunar New Year 2020

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Chinese or Lunar New Year 2020
Sources: www.thechinesezodiac.org/chinese-new-year-traditions/ and www.chinesenewyear2020.org/chinese-zodiac/rat.

Although preparations began on 17th January, the actual celebrations for the Lunar New Year or the The Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) Year of the Rat will not take place until this Saturday, January 25th, according to the traditional Chinese Calendar and will keep going until 8th February.

Spring Festival: The 15 days of Lunar New Year 

Day 1: January 25, 2020 The first day of the Metal Rat lunar New Year. The gods of heaven and earth are welcomed and meat is avoided to promote longevity and happiness
Day 2: Prayers are sent to the gods and ancestors.
Day 3 and 4: Son-in-laws pay respect to their bride's parents. 
Day 5: Named Po Woo, this day is spent at home to welcome the God of Wealth. It is bad luck to visit anyone on this day. 
Days 6 to 10: The Chinese are now free to visit their loved ones, and pray for good fortune in the temples. 
Day 7: The birthday of all humans celebrated with a drink made by the farmers from seven types of vegetable. Raw fish is eaten to promote success, and noodles for longevity. 
Day 8: Prayers are sent at midnight from the Fujian people, to Tian Gong, the God of Heaven. 
Day 9: Offerings are made to the jade Emperor. 
Days 10 to 12: Invites are sent to friends and relatives, to visit for dinner. 
Day 13: Simple foods are eaten so as to detox after rich foods at friends and relatives. 
Day 14: Time is taken for preparation for the Lantern Festival celebration on the 15th night. 
Day 15: Jai, a vegetarian dish is enjoyed by the family.


All debts must be paid by New Year’s Day. Nothing should be lent on this day – anyone who does so will be lending all the year. 

One should not use bad language, unlucky words, negative terms and the word ‘four’, which sounds like the word for death. 

Death and dying are never mentioned and ghost stories are totally taboo. 

References to the past year are avoided as everything should be turned toward the New Year and a new beginning. 

It is believed that if you shouldn’t cry as to cry on New Year’s day means the coming year will be sorrowful. For this reason children are not told off on this day.   

On New Year’s Day, you are not supposed to wash your hair or clean the house, for fear that good luck will be washed and swept away. 

Shooting off firecrackers is the Chinese way of sending out the old year and welcoming the New Year. 

On the stroke of midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve, every door in the house, including windows, must be opened to allow the old year to go out. 

The Dragon Dance is an ancient traditional Chinese dance, usually performed during big holidays, in hope of attracting peace and prosperity for the whole nation. 

As millions of Chinese people stated to emigrate abroad, the tradition of this dance has become common in many countries. In time, the Dragon Dance became a symbol of the Chinese culture. 

People wish each other good luck, happiness and abundance for the Chinese New Year 2020. "Gong xi fa cai" or "Kung hei fat choy!" translates Have a prosperous new year!’

Year of the Rat 2020 Horoscope (Zodiac Fortune & Personality).

The Rat is first in the order of all the Chinese zodiac animals. According to one folktale, the Jade Emperor decided that the order of the animals would be determined according to the order by which they arrived at his party. This zodias animal cleverly convinced the Ox to give him a ride. Just as the pair arrived at the door, the Rat jumped ahead and landed before the Ox.

The Rat is associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Zi (子) and the hours of midnight. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.

"Rats are clever and wise. They are often successful but are content leading simple lives."

Rats are also seen as symbols of wealth and surplus. Because of their fast rate of reproduction, couples who wanted to be blessed with children prayed to them.

Along with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. The Earthly Branch of the Rat is associated with water, but its cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng). Recent years include: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

                           BRANCH     STEM

1924      Rat           zi               jiǎ               Wood              Yang
1936      Rat           zi               bǐng            Fire                 Yang
1948      Rat           zi               wù              Earth               Yang
1960      Rat           zi               gēng           Metal               Yang
1972      Rat           zi               rén              Water              Yang
1984      Rat           zi               jiǎ                Wood              Yang
1996      Rat           zi               bǐng            Fire                  Yang
2008      Rat           zi               wù              Earth                Yang
2020      Rat           zi               gēng           Metal                Yang

Rat’s Personality and traits

Those born in this year have optimism and energy that make them highly likable. Although they are sensitive to the feelings of others, they have high regard for their own opinions.

Rats are kind but they sometimes come out rude and impolite because of their weak communication skills. They are also excellent at saving money but they sometimes waste resources on unnecessary things.  

Metal         1960, 2020    These rats can be trusted and relied on. They also have the ability to turn unfortunate situations into fortunate                                           ones.

Water         1972, 2032    These rats struggle in the early stages of life. They blossom and become successful in their middle ages.                                                       Despite establishing a happy family, relatives and close friends may weigh them down.

Wood          1924, 1984    These rats are highly versatile. They are determined and always finish what they start.

Fire             1936, 1996    These rats have high intelligence and emotional quotients. They don’t excel during their early and middle                                                    stages but achieve great fortune later in life.

Metal          1948, 2008     These rats are good talkers and always set the mood when in groups. They face adversity in their youths but                                              are able to withstand them.

People born in the Rat year are very smart and adjust quickly to an unfamiliar environment. Although they lack courage, they are creative and are experts at taking advantage of opportunities when they arise. Their ideas are brilliant but they may not be suitable for leadership positions.  They place great value on their families and take care of everything for them. In the workplace, they are responsible and highly skilled.  

Best Rat Compatibility
Most compatible with Rat: Ox, Dragon, and Monkey

The fixed Earthly Branch of the Rat is water while it is earth for the Ox. They complement each other well in work and in life. Meanwhile, Rat and Dragon couples would enjoy success together because they will be able to understand each other well. Monkeys also tend to get along well with Rats.

Least compatible with Rat: Horse, Goat, and Rabbit

The Earthly Branches of the Rat and the Horse are discordant. Regardless of what the Rat does, it will never be enough for the Horse. Similarly, Goats and Rats make for rocky relationships as Goats are inclined to going after the wealth of Rats. Rabbits have the tendency to go against the wishes of rats.

Lucky things for Rat

Colours: gold, blue, green
Numbers: 2 and 3
Accessories/Ornaments: Jade Ox
Auspicious directions: northeast, and southwest

Unlucky things for Rats

Colours: yellow and brown
Numbers: 5 and 9
Unlucky direction: west

Careers fit for Rats

Since Rats are highly imaginative, they are suitable for jobs that require creativity such as writing or painting. However, their creative spirit may be overshadowed when working in groups.

They are also very meticulous. This trait makes them fit for technical work such as engineering or architecture. They are vigilant but not courageous. This makes them unfit for police work, entrepreneurship, or political positions.

Rats are very good at handling their finances but they should avoid investing with a close friend. Not only will this cause monetary trouble but it will also affect the friendship.    

Health and lifestyle

Rats often suffer from frail health since childhood. They are energetic but tire quickly. They frequently catch colds but not serious illnesses. They are also sensitive to changes in temperature. They cannot bear either hot or cold weather. Although they seem weak, Rats enjoy long lives.

They are also not picky when it comes to food. However, they have to be mindful of their diet. Oftentimes, they get so involved in responsibilities that they forget to eat and then binge on food later on. This can cause problems in the digestive system. Smoking and drinking are likewise causes of issues with their health.   

Rats in The Rat Year (2020)

Since 2020 is the zodiac of Rats, they have to be extra cautious especially in terms of health and relationships. They might be at risk of losing a small amount of money in investments and find themselves being more temperamental than usual.

There will be lots of highs and lows for Rats and they must learn to stand back up after a setback and take advantage when opportunities arise. They are also advised to wait until the following year in making big decisions.

Rats will also find themselves losing their focus at times and easily becoming emotional. Their financial situation will still be stable so they should pay more attention to their health and relationships.

They are also advised to participate in charity work and attend weddings to offset the negative energy. Overly Yin such as funerals and cemeteries should be avoided as much as possible.  The best months for Rats in 2020 are March, September, and November, while they should be more vigilant during April, July, and October.

Rats Fortune
Rats: Love and Relationship

In 2020, Peach Blossom luck is not particularly strong for Rats so those who are single may find it difficult to find a potential partner. They are still going to meet a few new and interesting suitors but they are most likely going to be just short-term relationships.

Rats who are married or in romantic relationships, have to resolve issues quickly as ignoring them could be a prelude to a bigger problem. The lucky months for romance are March, June, and November.


The financial forecast for Rats in 2020 show that they are going to maintain a good financial outlook throughout the year. This is especially true for those with stable full-time jobs or those who run their own business.

When it comes to investment opportunities, Rats will be a step ahead of everyone else. However, they may also be tempted to spend money this year. The lucky months for finance are March, July, November, and December, while the unlucky months are January, February, May, September, and October.  

Work and Career

The careers of Rats are predicted to be on the rise in 2020. As long as they stay determined, they are going to achieve their goals and wishes. Rats also have a strong chance of getting promoted or earning a raise in salary if they work hard enough.

Rats born in the spring or summer have to be more aggressive. They must not wait for an opportunity to fall down from the sky. If they want to get a raise, they must speak up to their bosses for their own benefit. On the other hand, Rats born in the winter can take a step back in May.

Health Signs

Rats have to be extra mindful of their health in 2020. They have to be on the lookout especially with their hips, feet, face, and teeth. They are also advised to stay away from sharp objects like knives.

When traveling, Rats are better off taking public transportation. Otherwise, they should be very attentive when driving. They should also be careful when in the water during summer.

Lack of sleep could also lead to problems for Rats. When feeling unwell, they should see a doctor as soon as possible. It may also be a good idea for them to donate blood.

Rats should be extra mindful with their health in the months of January, February, and October. They must also be careful when in the water in the months of May and June.

Know which type of Rat are you!

Have you found what you are looking for? Did you assess yourself how true your zodiac fortune is? 

What is the year of the rat?

The year of the rat is the first year, according to Chinese zodiac.

What years are a rat?
The ray year goes back to 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032….

Who is the rat compatible with?
The rat is compatible with the Ox, Dragon, and Monkey, according to Chinese zodiac.