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
In 2020, people born in the year of Rat have pretty good fortune in wealth and career. Their salary may increase and they might get promoted and pass some qualification exams and get the certificates. In the aspect of health, they may have some respiratory system disease and heart problem. As for love and relationship, the single Rats will start a relationship if they try hard to chase someone or seek help from the elders. They are advised not to drink too much and go to entertainments places. 
Rat Luck in 2020
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 Mar. 23, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Rat
Asked by Agele from SWEDEN | Mar. 23, 2020 00:52Reply
My life in 2020
I'm not feeling confident about my health, family life and career in 2020. My ten year old is diagnosed with 10 degrees curve to the spine. My husband and I don't really get along and my work and colleagues I feel are miss using me with work overload. Will things be better?
Me: 24th May 1972 Husband: 29th August 1964. Child: 22 March 2009. Thanks in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Guest from USA | Mar. 23, 2020 18:32

I think things will get better my whole 2019 up until this past week was horrible lost friends, family, relationship, work, broke a bone, car broke down, was almost homeless, but i started to meditate and honestly has helped alot are mind is much more powerful then people
Asked by Chloe Hoo from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 21, 2020 15:19Reply
My mother birthday is 1960 Dec 4 and my birthday is 27 Nov 1998
Would we Have a good relstionship?
Answers (1)
Answered by Marsha from DENMARK | Mar. 23, 2020 23:38

According to the Chinese zodiac prediction, your relationship will be good in 2020. In daily life, yu should show more understanding and patience to your mother. Having more communications will help solve problems sometimes. You can try. Hope helpful!
Asked by rj from INDIA | Mar. 05, 2020 03:08Reply
Born on 29 August 1984 time 5.30 pm mumbai india
Need to know about my marriage
When i will get marry or find my soulmate
Answers (5)
Answered by Denise from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 06, 2020 20:34

Of course you deserve a better person. The prediction indicates that you would have a large chance to meet a soul mate this year. If the love life goes well, you will get married in 2021 or 2022.
Answered by rj from INDIA | Mar. 10, 2020 02:15

I got proposal on this girl for marriage but not sure.
Girls details 2 october 1986 mumbai india time 1.05 am

Should i marry her or wait for better prospect, she like me alot but i dont have feelings for her
Answered by Joyce from FINLAND | Mar. 10, 2020 18:08

Well, according to the situation, you are not advised to get married anxiously. You are suggested to find a true love first.
Answered by rj from INDIA | Mar. 12, 2020 05:05

Do you really think i will find one
Answered by Nancy from UAE | Mar. 15, 2020 19:14

Yes, I really think you will find true love. Have more confidence about yourself!
Asked by Dia from USA | Mar. 02, 2020 17:04Reply
Will work get better?
Will my future at work getting any better? At work it’s so unfair, I got the worst position, I write lots of adjustments while other have it easy! Some days I would get so frustrated cause I deal a lot more. Also another incident happen, my lead “was” my leader lost his title cause he argue with another co-worker, I was pull to Human Resources and I told them what I had witness. My supervisor and my lead are buddy. Now when weekend roll around my supervisor ask everyone working weekend and he don’t ask me. Why am I getting punished for telling the truth!!
Born on 9/22/1972 after 5:00 pm
Answers (1)
Answered by Nicholas from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 04, 2020 00:28

The prediction shows that the situation would change into a better stage in the second half of the year. The relationship with bosses and colleagues would become harmonious. Or you can also think about change another job. You actually have outstanding abilities. Good luck!
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