It’s the Year of the Rat – but why?
January 25th this year is Chinese New Year. Over a billion people will celebrate the event around the world. This year, it’s the year of the rat – one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The other animals in the zodiac are pig, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster and dog.
In Chinese astrology each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth…the year of 2020 meets metal element, so 2020 is year of the white rat.
Chinese zodiac animals aren’t based on the stars but have arisen as a result of a Chinese fairy tale thought to have its roots in Taoism, an ancient Chinese religion. The exact story varies from place to place and according to story tellers, but at the core, it involves the 12 zodiac animals – rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig – and a race.
The story behind the Chinese Zodiac animals
One version of the legend says that the Jade Emperor, the ruler of Heaven and the Earth, decided to hold a race to pick the animals for the Chinese zodiac to celebrate his birthday. It’s also sometimes said that the Jade Emperor decided to hold the race because it wanted to find 12 guards to heaven, who later became the zodiac animals. In any case, all the animals in the world were invited to participate in the race and the first 12 to cross the heavenly river would be picked to be zodiac animals. At this point in time, the rat and the cat were supposedly friends, and, as the story goes, the rat was supposed to wake the cat bright and early so they could start the race together. On the day of the race however, the rat either forgot to – or in another version, deliberately didn’t – wake the cat, which is why the cat doesn’t feature on the Chinese zodiac.
It is also supposedly the reason why cats have been pursuing rats ever since. For most of the animals, the race itself wasn’t an issue – but the crossing of the heavenly river proved to be a great difficulty. The rat, for one, couldn’t make it across on his own and so asked the ox for help – and the ox gladly offered it, by allowing the rat to ride on its back. But as they approached the finishing line, the rat was said to have cheated by jumping off the ox and onto the other side, thereby becoming the first animal on the Chinese zodiac. The other animals crossed the line in order of ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, and became the next 11 animals on the Chinese zodiac, each taking one year in the 12-year calendar.
In some legends, each animal is supposed to have used their special trait to help them cross the river, which is represented in the personality of the individual of that zodiac.
Because it is a national holiday in Indonesia, it is widely celebrated in areas with a majority Indonesian-Chinese citizens. Not only there, but it is also celebrated in numerous different parts of Indonesian like in malls. You will be able to witness an abundance of red, gold, fruits, flowers and majestic barongsai everywhere.
According to the Chinese Zodiac 2020 will be the year of the metal rat who is known to be noble, wise and intelligent.
‘The Great Race’ was meant to portray the personalities of each Chinese zodiac. According to the story, the rat is said to come first because of its cunningness. At first, the rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, the Rat jumped towards the finish line. This means that rat became the first of the zodiac, rather than the ox who has carried it towards the finish line.
Rats are also known to be optimistic and energetic people, who are likable by people around them. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but stubborn with their opinions. Other than that, they are kind people who-at times-seem impolite and rude due to their weak communication skills.
On the financial side, they like to save money and can be quite stingy. Yet coupled with their diligent personality, people born in the Rat Year are thought to be wealthy and prosperous.
Adaptable, smart, cautious, acute, alert, positive, flexible, outgoing, cheerful
Timid, unstable, stubborn, picky, lack of persistence, querulous
Rats in 2020
Rat horoscope 2020 forecasts that this year is full of opportunity and change. For the year 2020, those who are Rats will experience a lot of things, which is why it’s the exact time to change their life. There will be ample of opportunities, so make sure to take the opportunities that are trying to help you this year.
Use this year to prepare for next year, but don’t forget to have fun and spend time with your loved ones too. Pay special attention to career and love, although they may feel tiring sometimes. Any trouble they run into can be solved if they can adjust their attitude well. If you do all of this, then you are sure to have a great time in 2020!
Rat and Ox mix perfectly together, for they complement and help one another in both work and life sectors of their lives.
So as Rat and Dragon couples, who can enjoy life together. Both will be able to understand each other and enjoy success together at the same time.
Monkey is another zodiac that gets along well with rats, which is why they match perfectly together when coupled.
Least compatible with Rat
Meanwhile, Rat and Horse are one of the worst combinations for their personalities crash. No matter what a Rat does, it will never be enough for the Horse.
Goats, on the other hand, are attracted to the Rat’s wealth and hope to control it. This causes the couple to have a stormy relationship filled with difficulty.
Couples with rabbit personalities will either purposely or unintentionally go against the Rat’s wishes, while the Rat keeps silent with the treatment that they receive from the rabbit.
A Sneak Peek Of What Year 2020 Will Be Like For You:
Find your year of birth to discover your Chinese zodiac animal sign – it’s worth double checking though, as Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year so, depending on the time of the year you were born, you might be a different zodiac.
- 🐭 Rat– 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924
In its year, the Rat will see dozens of projects materialize. You will be focused on your own person and forget about your surroundings. Since it is the year of the Metal Rat, those who belong to this element will find that life is especially easy for them
- 🐮 Ox– 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937, 1925
2020 is when the Buffalo will hatch and show their talent to the world. Everything that the Ox kept until now, either as a precaution, for humility or because they did not feel prepared and safe to exhibit it, will come to light during this period and the world they knew until now will take an unexpected turn.
- 🐯 Tiger– 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926
This is a year in which the Tiger must focus on appearances so as not to fall into contradictions. You will focus on politically correct relationships rather than authentic ones.
- 🐰 Rabbit– 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927
It will be a somewhat stagnant year for the always pleasant Rabbit, who will look for many solutions for their most serious problems. They will find many obstacles along the way that could dent his innate enthusiasm. In love and at work, the Rabbit will have important challenges during this year.
- 🐲 Dragon– 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928
A very exciting year for the Dragon, who will find in this new year that a new air begins for their life and new horizons for their path. Answers to questions that the Dragon keeps suspiciously in their heart will come during the first months of the year.
- 🐍 Snake– 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929
This year will be a time of adjustment for the Serpent, who will lay the groundwork for success for years to come. The Serpent is about to change its skin, but before that it must end everything that has been left unfinished. The Snake will enjoy a lot of love, but it will also have difficulties in that area during the year.
- 🐴 Horse– 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930
It will be a year of much work and also of objectives met for the natives of the Horse sign. It is important that during this stage they intensify their contact with nature and seek spaces of mental tranquility. Why? In order to bring out all their creativity and achieve their goals.
- 🐐 Goat– 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931
Next year promises to be a cycle of progress and success for the Goat in all areas of his life. The only enemy they will have to fight with is their own pessimism. At some stages of the year, it will threaten to cloud their vision and make them lose valuable opportunities. Optimism and focus are the keys to achieve everything the Goat wants and deserves.
- 🐵 Monkey– 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932
The Monkey will have a 2020 marked by abundance in all aspects of their life. It will be a very prosperous time when it comes to business; it will also bring great happiness in relation to feelings and the possibility of enjoying leisure and worldly pleasures.
- 🐔 Rooster– 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933
A year of many projects carried out, for the natives of the Rooster. You will achieve many things, but through much effort and work. Nothing will be free for you. However, when your fortune kicks in, everything will come together and you will have to open your arms to receive everything that life has prepared for you.
- 🐶 Dog– 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934
Dog natives face a year of dilemmas. You will have to make decisions that will change the course of your life forever. Love, work and certain family relationships will be in check.
- 🐷 Pig – 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935
The best aspect of the year will be love, since in other aspects of life, it will not be your lucky year. You will have to be very careful with business proposals, as they come with a trap included.