Year of the Rat

 2020 is the Year of the Rat according to Chinese zodiac. This is a Year of Metal Rat, starting from the 2020 Chinese New Year on Jan. 25 and lasting to 2021 Lunar New Year’s Eve on Feb. 11.
China Zodiac Animal - Rat

Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Rat include 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032...

Though people consider the rat not adorable, and it even makes its way into derogatory languages, it ranks first on the Chinese zodiac signs. It has characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Zi
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Shui (Water)
Yin Yang: Yang

Years of the Rat

Rat Year Start End
1924 Feb.5,1924 Jan.23,1925
1936 Jan.24,1936 Feb.10,1937
1948 Feb.10,1948 Jan.28,1949
1960 Jan.28,1960 Feb.14,1961
1972 Feb.15,1972 Feb.2,1973
1984 Feb.2,1984 Feb.19,1985
1996 Feb.19,1996 Feb.6,1997
2008 Feb.6,2008 Jan.25,2009
2020 Jan.25,2020 Feb.11,2021
2032 Feb.11,2032 Jan.30,2033

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

Lucky Numbers and Colors of Rat Lucky Flowers and Directions of Rat
Things Should be Avoided:
  • Unlucky Numbers: 5, 9
  • Unlucky Colors: yellow, brown
  • Unlucky Direction: west

People born in the Year of the Rat are instinctive, acute and alert in nature which makes them to be brilliant businessmen. They can always react properly before the worst circumstances take place. They are also sophisticated and popular in social interaction. They are sanguine and very adaptable, being popular with others.
  • Strengths
    Adaptable, smart, cautious, acute, alert, positive, flexible, outgoing, cheerful 
  • Weaknesses
    Timid, unstable, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence, querulous 
  • See more about Destiny by Birth Month, Destiny by Birth Date
  • Best Matches: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
    They can get along with 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 life time, but 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.
  • See more about Chinese Zodiac Sign Compatibility

  • 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
  • See more about Best Business and Career Fields for Rat
People born with Rat sign of Chinese zodiac will suffer a downturn in 2019. They may not be lucky enough in career and wealth because they are likely to work in a stressful and competitive environment. The great expense on socializing leads to less deposit. However, their fortune on love and relationship is prominent. In daily life, they are advised to drink less alcohol and live an economical life. In 2020, people born in the year of Chinese zodiac Rat would have a normal luck, especially in their wealth and career aspects. Single Rat people will have a large chance to fall in love with someone. Pay much attention to their health condition.
Rat Luck in 2019
Their characteristics are distinct based on 12 western astrological signs with Chinese zodiac signs, for example, confident Aries, ambitious Taurus, generous Gemini, graceful Cancer, enthusiastic Leo, concentrated Virgo, eloquent Libra, sensitive Scorpio, observant Sagittarius, pragmatic Capricorn, brave Aquarius and talented Pisces.
  • Blood Type O: They are positive, kind, and warm hearted. People admire their uprightness and principles.
  • Blood Type A: They are acute and thoughtful, for they can always sense the subtle changes of others. Tidy and orderly, they can always make the living place comfortable and cozy.
  • Blood Type B: Straightforward and outgoing in nature, they are faithful friends in others’ eyes. Besides, they are loyal and persistent in relationships.
  • Blood Type AB: Humor and modesty are their shinning points, and for that they can make a lot of friends. They are assertive, having different insights in their own perspective.

People born in different years of Rat show varied personal characters when counting the affect from the traditional Chinese Five Elements (Wu Xing).

Types Years of Birth Personality Traits
Wood Rat 1924, 1984 Independent with proper pride, conforming to traditional ideas.
Fire Rat 1936, 1996 Clever, capable, but lacking sense of discipline.
Earth Rat 1948, 2008 Sober and contented mind, strong adaptability.
Metal Rat 1960, 2020 Sensitive with strong self-awareness; persuasive with ready tongue.
Water Rat 1912, 1972 Intelligent with high thinking faculty, but conservative in practice.

Rat Zodiac Eminent Personalities

George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Wolfgang Mozart, William Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Truman Capote, Catherine I, Mata Hari, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Avril Lavigne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alyssa Milano, Ben Affleck, Eminem, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Katherine McPhee, Kelly Osbourne, Denise Richards, Mandy Moore, Diego Armando Maradona, Zinedine.Yazid.Zidane, Du Fu (a famous Chinese poet in the Tang Dynasty 618 - 907), Zhuangzi (an influential Chinese Taoist philosopher in the Warring States Period 475 - 221 BC)
- Last modified on Nov. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Rat
Asked by KS from SOUTH AFRICA | Dec. 07, 2019 13:41Reply
career and life 2020
D.o.B 11 February 1983
what can I look forward to in 2020 career and life
Asked by Angelo Cardinez Estabillo from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 28, 2019 14:45Reply
Health, Love and Wealth
1. How to take care my health this coming year 2020.
2. Im married with 3 kids. What would be the possible steps to make my family happy.
3. What would be my action plan this coming year 2020 to earn more opportunity and what is negative for me.

DOB: 05-19-1984
Answers (1)
Answered by Violet from CANADA | Dec. 02, 2019 23:03

1. In general, there won't have big problems in your health. If possible, you can have more physical exercises in daily life.
2. On weekends, you can arrange more outdoor activities with your family members.
3. You should have more confidence about the coming year. Keeping modest attitude towards colleagues and people around is important.
Asked by Aira from USA | Nov. 27, 2019 08:32Reply
Family Peace and Job
Hello, I’m female born 1984 dec 17th in Jangaon, Warangal district, India at 12:40 pm. I’m got married in 2016 and to male OX. From then I don’t have family peace. We both fight for most of the time and we don’t agree up on things easily. I would like to know when will I have Happy Married Life. And also I’m currently employed but as a contractor. I would like to know when can I get a full time job.
Answers (1)
Answered by Dolores from FINLAND | Nov. 27, 2019 18:48

In daily life, both of you need to have more understanding and show enough patience to each other. Then you need to find the problems between you and solve them together. In general, 2020 will be a lucky time for you. The situations will change into a better stage. February, May, June and July will be lucky months for you to find a good job.
Asked by Rafael Luis from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 26, 2019 07:50Reply
By 2020 im planning to work into new company.
is this advisable or should i stay to my recent work that ive been for 10 years.
My Birth date 12/17/1984

Thank you
Answers (7)
Answered by Andrew from GERMANY | Nov. 26, 2019 21:50

It is predicted that new work environment will bring you some breakthroughs. You can get some successes at new work. Just make full use of your intelligence.
Answered by rafael luis from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 26, 2019 23:18

what is the success rate? im confuse if im gonna stay or go. im worry there many what if... thanks
Answered by Andrew | Nov. 27, 2019 18:28

The prediction indicates that the possibility of getting successes will be high. You should have more confidence about yourself.
Answered by Rafael Luis from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 27, 2019 21:28

What is advisable month in 2020 to shift into other company.
Thank you
Answered by Andrew | Nov. 27, 2019 22:22

February, May and July will be the lucky months.
Answered by Rafael Luis from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 30, 2019 02:17


What is prediction for me in 2020
in lcareer,health,love and wealth. in general.
thank you so much again
Answered by Andrew | Dec. 01, 2019 22:43

Generally speaking, there is no big ups and downs in 2020. You may find several chances in career and wealth. Just work harder and accumulate wealth step by step. If possible, you can have more time to take physical exercises. Good luck!
Asked by Harshith Sooraj Talwar from INDIA | Nov. 19, 2019 23:29Reply
My future life prediction.
Myself Harshith Sooraj Talwar
My DOB is 6/8/1972
I wanna know my future about my work, income, luck and Soul Mate
Thanking You......
Answers (1)
Answered by Alice from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 26, 2019 00:18

Although you may face several difficulties in work, you have enough abilities to solve them. Just be patience and solve the problems one by one. Then the stable job will bring stable income. In addition, the prediction indicates that you will have a large chance to meet your soul mate.
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