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
Compared with the Rat fortune in 2018, 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.
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 Apr. 16, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Rat
Asked by Dia from USA | Apr. 16, 2019 17:09Reply
I would like to know about my daughter future.
She is graduating June going to college this fall studying business/accounting.
She was born on 11/12/2001 8:23am.
Thank you for answering.
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from NEW ZEALAND | Apr. 16, 2019 19:32

This is a crucial year for her and she can learn a lot. However, both challenges and opportunities are coming. Face them bravely and pay attention to the interpersonal relationship. This is a harvest year or her and you don't need to worry too much. Good luck!
Asked by Nyadia Nurudeen from GHANA | Apr. 16, 2019 02:02Reply
i want to know my luck in 2020?
Please can 2020 be my year of good luck, because I was born in December 84 and still single and jobless?
Answers (1)
Answered by Julia from POLAND | Apr. 16, 2019 19:37

Hi, this is a tough year for you and you may face a lot of challenges. However, things may meet a rising tendency in the next half year. Try to keep a positive attitude and strive for every opportunity. Good luck!
Asked by Cynthia from USA | Apr. 13, 2019 08:39Reply
I'm a metal rat with household move on horizon.(married to a metal tiger).
Is 2020 better for such an endeavor or 2019? Are certain months better than others?
Answers (1)
Answered by Henry from NEW ZEALAND | Apr. 15, 2019 00:16

This year is not very favorable for you. Since then, it is better for you to move in 2020. There is no specific lucky months of the next year at present.
Asked by Dia from USA | Mar. 12, 2019 15:35Reply
2020 will that year be a better year for me??
Born on 9/22/1972 after 5:00 pm. My daughter will be going away this fall to her college. Studying accounting, She born 11-12-2001 8:23am.
Appreciate for answering me.
Answers (1)
Answered by Mark from CANADA | Mar. 12, 2019 18:50

Hi, the prediction of 2020 is still not clear and only the fortune in 2019 can be predicted. This year, you may face some challenges but finally you can overcome them and there will be no large problems. Good luck!
Asked by Sam K from USA | Mar. 01, 2019 13:58Reply
2019 for Water Rat
Hello, I would like to know how this year would be for me as compared to last year for my work and new job prospects? Which month is best for job change ?
Thanks you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jerry from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 03, 2019 22:22

You may suffer a downturn in 2019 in career aspect compared with the last year. So you may face some challenges in career. The best months for you in job market are June and December. Good luck!
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