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 May. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Rat
Asked by sophie from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 25, 2019 22:11Reply
men dob 10/5/1957 women dob 17/10/1059 will they separated, or stay together
Asked by Princess from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 20, 2019 08:41Reply
Born Sept 3 1996 fire rat...
I work at a bank. Recently my probitionary period extend to two months due to my poor performance. Is my career will be good this coming days?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tyler from UKRAINE | Jun. 20, 2019 20:11

Hi, you need to figure out the problem first of all and have the better performance in the following months. Work harder and harder and your bosses will see it. Don't worry.
Asked by Mohamed | May. 22, 2019 04:02Reply
Hi,just wondering what should I expect for the year 2019??
I was born in 16/8/1996
Answers (1)
Answered by William from UKRAINE | May. 23, 2019 20:39

You are born with Chinese zodiac Rat sign. In general, it is a normal year for you. Although there won't have big problems, there will still have some small problem. You need to make full use of your abilities to handle them. Keeping a modest attitude towards to people around is very important to you. :)
Asked by Barton Mum from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 16, 2019 11:05Reply
My new job is rubbish and my husband is being TUPE'D
My birthday is 5.7.72 and my husband is 18.12.71.

I have recently left a job for another which has turned out to be a big mistake, for less money.
My husband has been at his job for 28 years and has been told his job is being TUPE'D (transferred) out to another firm so he will lose his final salary pension and his salary will eventually half as the new company pay lower hourly rates.
Any ideas what's to come - we could really do with some good news about money and our jobs... I think both of us are feeling like our confidence has been rocked!!!
Answers (1)
Answered by Daniel from DENMARK | May. 23, 2019 20:42

Hi, don't be so upset. Everything will be ok. You can consider to change the job again and find a nice & stable job. The prediction indicates that June, August, November and December will be your lucky months. Good luck!
Asked by Justine marabut from PHILIPPINES | May. 04, 2019 21:51Reply
I wanna know my love and career horoscope
Im born on Dec. 20 1996, Sagittarius year of the rat. Thanks
Answers (7)
Answered by Charley from FINLAND | May. 10, 2019 01:07

Justine, you may face several competitors in your career. However, you should believe that you have enough abilities to overcome. Based on the fortune in 2019, you will have a good luck in love in 2019, especially in June and October.
Answered by Justine from PHILIPPINES | May. 10, 2019 07:04

In that good luck in love will i meet new personaloty to be part of my life or someone in my past will be back!? Thankyou
Answered by Charley | May. 12, 2019 22:38

It is predicted that you will meet new interesting people this year.
Answered by Justine marabut from PHILIPPINES | May. 14, 2019 06:36

I am applying in a government intitution as a law enforcer this year is there a possibility that i will make through all the screenings?
Answered by Charley | May. 14, 2019 20:47

Well, it is hard to say. But generally speaking, there won't have any problems.
Answered by Justine | May. 16, 2019 15:57

Will the new person that ill be meeting does live near me or from a far place?
Thank you
Answered by Charley | May. 16, 2019 19:13

The prediction indicates that you are suggested to join in more social activities on weekends. Then you will have a large chance to meet the right person. In this way, it seems that the new person will live near you.
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