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 Jul. 02, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Rat
Asked by Wangmo from BHUTAN | Jul. 21, 2019 10:32Reply
I am wid rat born in 25/11/1984
I would like to know whether the month December is lucky for me ?

Many thanks in advance 🙏
Answers (2)
Answered by Landon from GERMANY | Jul. 21, 2019 22:47

Yes, generally speaking, the last lunar month is lucky for you in wealth, career and love relationship. One thing you need to pay attention to is your health. You need to find ways to get some relaxation and release pressure.
Answered by Wangmo from BHUTAN | Jul. 22, 2019 00:36

🙏🙏🙏 thank you so much
Asked by Karl Carranza from UNITED STATES | Jul. 18, 2019 21:01Reply
What are the chances of staying together forever?
Me and My Girlfriend are in a long distance relationship my birthday is on 07/17/1996 and my Girlfriend's birthday is on 11/29/1999 our relationship started on 12/08/2016 until this year we're still strong. there were moments when we had to break up or take some time off cause of money problems and sometimes I cheat on her, sometimes she cheats on me, but that was the past, but why do we keep on choosing to be together again?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nicholas from GERMANY | Jul. 21, 2019 22:50

If you both follow your heart, maybe it means that you two are the true love. In future life, you two need to have understanding and patience to each other. When facing difficulties, you are suggested to solve them together.
Asked by Simple from USA | Jul. 02, 2019 14:09Reply
Rat 12/13/1960 divorced and Ox 09/07/1949 ( separate )
Are we ok to date?
Answers (1)
Answered by Shawn from DENMARK | Jul. 02, 2019 19:18

Well, to be honest, both of you are advised to look forward and start a new life.
Asked by Geraldine from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 28, 2019 04:38Reply
I just want to know if I kind find a job this year 2019. I was born on January 17, 1996.
Hi good evening

Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Carter from FINLAND | Jul. 01, 2019 02:25

Hi, Geraldine, there will have several chances for you to find a nice job in the second half of the year. You need to learn more things during this period of time. Then you will handle the future job tasks easily.
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
Answers (1)
Answered by Alex from UKRAINE | Jun. 28, 2019 00:23

Generally speaking, their love compatibility index will be high. There won't have many quarrels between them. Thus don't worry. In daily life, they can always face the difficulties together.
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