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 Wangdi from BHUTAN | Nov. 01, 2019 09:19Reply
I am born in monkey year 1980 (male)
I am going for a interview this end of the year with my spouse , I would like to know the result as per Chinese zodiac

Thank you
Answers (2)
Answered by Eden from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 04, 2019 01:34

Hi, Wangdi, the prediction shows that the result would have a large chance to be good. You two just need to prepare the interview well. Good luck!
Answered by Wangdi from BHUTAN | Nov. 04, 2019 02:09

Many thanks 🙏 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Asked by Lisa from USA | Oct. 24, 2019 05:21Reply
Lisa A Female November 27, 1972 career money love home
I have had many challenges in all aspect my life. Could you please give me insight on my 2020 year for Career, money, love, a home, health. Will I find a god job that will be for a long time or temporary? Will I have a lot of money? Will I find love again? Will I have my own home? Looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for your insight.
Answers (4)
Answered by Gill from UKRAINE | Oct. 31, 2019 00:03

Generally speaking, you can make some breakthroughs in 2020 in your career and wealth. It is predicted that you will have a large chance to meet your lucky stars who can provide necessary help.
Answered by Lisa from USA | Oct. 31, 2019 09:13

Thank you Gill. How soon will I find a job as we are in Oct 31 2019. Any insight when I will meet the people that will help me find the job or do I already know them? Am I having to completely change careers ? Do you see a new career and if so what field should I look in? Really need help in this department as I have been searching for a job for a year and feeling hopeless. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated. Any positive insight on any aspect of my life would be even more appreciated. Thank you for your time and response.
Answered by Gill | Oct. 31, 2019 18:50

You are still advised to find a job related to your familiar fields. Don't worry. You should wait more patience. Or you can figure out the reason why you don't have a job. If necessary, you need to improve your personal abilities and learn more skills.
Answered by Gerard Caissie from CANADA | Nov. 12, 2019 05:00

My name is Gerry
From Canada
Date of birth Feb. 12, 1950
Perfect match according to Compatibility
Please email me:
Asked by Rinzin from BHUTAN | Oct. 23, 2019 00:31Reply
Will my interview be successful?
Going to schedule on December first or second week.
my date of birth: 25 November 1984
Hope to hear from you
Many thanks in Advance

Answers (2)
Answered by Geraldine from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 31, 2019 00:02

If you prepare very well, then you will have a chance to pass the interview based on the Chinese zodiac prediction.
Answered by Rinzin from BHUTAN | Oct. 31, 2019 08:33

Thank you so much
You made my day, prayers from Bhutan 🇧🇹
Asked by Ashfaq from INDIA | Oct. 13, 2019 07:40Reply
My Career in my curent job
Hi I am a male born on 3rd May 1972.Please let me know how will be my career with the current company/job since I feel I am stalled . Please let me know if I should look for a change or stick to current company.I have been here for quite some Years now.

Thanks in advance
Answers (3)
Answered by Shaun from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 14, 2019 02:01

It will be ok for you to change into a new work environment. This may help you make some breakthroughs. You should have more confidence about yourself. Because you have enough abilities to get some successes.
Answered by Ashfaq from INDIA | Oct. 18, 2019 05:59

Dear Shaun,
Thanks for the response. Can you please predict if I am destined to work in foreign countries and will be successful there. I had a bad experience in the past and am little hesitant in trying.
Thanks again
Answered by Shaun | Oct. 20, 2019 19:49

It is predicted that you would have a large chance to be successful there. But you should work harder and harder. In addition, best performance is also needed.
Asked by APARNA04 | Oct. 10, 2019 18:27Reply
My daughter Radhika Srivastava DOB: November 1, 1996 born at 10.56 AM at Baltimore Maryland USA.
we are Hindu
She has just finished college and is working currently and also studying to take exam for getting admission into medical college.
I think she likes a boy who is her colleague from college even though she has not said to me she likes him but i think she does.
He is Muslim and his name is Sajdur Rehman Kader born April 15, 1999 in U.A.E. Currently he is here in USA and also applying to be a doctor.
what are the prospects that they will get married and if so will this marriage be successful?
if not then when will my daughter possibly get married and will that marriage be successful?

Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Sidney from GERMANY | Oct. 14, 2019 02:23

It is predicted that they two have similar characteristics. And they have same goals towards life and successes. Thus generally speaking, their love compatibility index would be high.
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