The years of the rat in the Chinese zodiac are 2032, 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936…the rat is the first sign of the zodiac in the Chinese zodiac cycle. a rat year occurs every 12 years.
according to the history of the chinese zodiac, in the competition held by the jade emperor to decide the zodiac animals, the fast rat asked the ox diligent to take him for a walk across the river and jumped before the ox crossed the finish line. thus the rat won the race and became the first of the zodiac animals, followed by the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig.
- Chinese: 鼠年 (shǔ nián ‘year of the rat’)
- earthly branch: 子 (zǐ 1 of 12)
- Representative hours: Midnight (11pm-1am)
- yin/yang: yang
- the rat and the ox have complementary characters and will help each other in their work and family life.
- the rat and the dragon will have a good relationship and support each other.
- pairs that include a rat and a monkey will get along and be happy.
- A rat easily collides with a rabbit, a horse or a rooster. they lack tolerance among themselves and it is difficult to maintain a lasting peace.
- lucky numbers: 2, 3 and the numbers that contain them (such as 23 and 32)
- lucky days: the 4th and 13th of each Chinese lunar month
- lucky colors: blue, gold, green
- lucky flowers: lily, African violet
- lucky direction: west, northwest and southwest
- lucky months: the second, fifth and ninth Chinese lunar month
- unlucky color: yellow, brown
- bad luck numbers: 5 and 9
- unlucky direction: south and southeast
- unlucky months: the Chinese lunar months 4, 10 and 12
How did the rat become the first sign of the Chinese zodiac? the following video will tell you the story.
was i born in a year of the rat?
The last years of the rat include 2032, 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948 and 1936. A new year of the Chinese zodiac begins in January or February according to the lunar calendar. therefore, if you were born in January or February in one of the previous years, you could be a rat, or possibly a pig.
You can use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator to be sure or see the table below.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, gold (metal), and water. each rat element year corresponds to an element and comes once in a 60-year cycle. for example, 2020 was a year of the metal rat. the next year of the metal rat is 2080.
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year of the rat dates
the personality and characteristics of the rat
Rats are resourceful, resourceful and clever, but they lack courage. with a rich imagination and keen observations, they can make good use of various opportunities.
In Chinese culture, rats represent working diligently and saving, so people born in a year of the rat are thought to be rich and prosperous.
Men born in a year of the Rat are very curious, so they tend to try anything and can deftly handle tasks.
due to lack of courage, as well as good leadership skills, they are not capable of being leaders. As opportunistic and demanding as Male Rats are, they don’t have broad minds, but they do have a narrow view of things.
Women born in a year of the rat are pretty, intelligent and charming. they have quick minds and dexterous hands, and can learn anything. They are always considerate of their families and friends.
It is theorized that a person’s characteristics are decided by the element and animal sign of the zodiac of the year of birth. so there are five types of rats, each with different characteristics:
see rats of the Chinese zodiac of 5 elements: characters and destinies.
rat love compatibility
Chinese astrology states that certain zodiac animal combinations get along better than others and that some animal signs are natural enemies.
The compatibility of the animals of the Chinese horoscope takes into account the characteristics of each animal. those whose features match well may have good compatibility.
zodiac signs most compatible with a rat: rat, ox, dragon or monkey
Least compatible signs of the zodiac with a rat: rabbit, horse or rooster
Do you want to know if he/she is compatible with you? use our zodiac love compatibility calculator below. or you can check in detail the love compatibility of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac.
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lucky things for people born in a year of the rat
lucky things for rats:
unfortunate things for rats:
races more suitable for rats
With keen insight and a keen perspective, Rats have good judgment in what they do, allowing them to avoid unnecessary trouble. rats are cautious and meticulous, so they tend to show a serious attitude towards their work.
The best races for rats are:
administrator, director, manager, businessman, broadcaster, writer, musician, comedian, politician, lawyer, researcher and racing driver.
good health for rats
In general, rats are healthy. they are full of energy and active, which helps them stay fit and avoid illness.
A balanced diet and regular exercise benefit rats. With enough rest, rats can keep their spirits up at work, which can improve work efficiency. When under stressful and tense conditions, it is suggested that rats take a walk to release stress and tension.
are rat years unlucky years for rats?
According to Chinese astrology, the year of your birth sign (本命年běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ ‘origin (of) year of life’) will bring people only bad luck. it is believed that people will offend tai sui, the god of age, in his benmingnian.
Therefore, Rats should pay special attention to avoid misfortunes in their lives in the year of their birth sign. The next Year of the Rat is 2032. It starts with the Chinese New Year (February 11). read more about how to get lucky in your ben ming nian.
how to build relationships with rats
Active in nature, rats enjoy a flexible social circle. they are interested in attending different types of social events. they like to make new friends, but rarely nurture their relationships with others. rats have a charming appearance, which can attract more friends.
In love relationships, rats find it easy to start a new relationship with someone, but they also break up relationships easily, which translates into problems with infidelity .