If you were born in the years 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 or 2008, your friendly Chinese zodiac fellow is the humble rat. They may be small in stature, but the rat is actually ranked at the tippy-top of the zodiac ladder and carries some impressive characteristics. So, before the celebrations begin on Saturday 25 January 2020, read on to find out if you share these quirky qualities.
A charming critter
A social creature by nature, if you identify as a rat, you’re always in good company. Always travelling in packs, you have a large friend circle and are often the life of the party. Speaking of being in good company, there have been some seriously famous movers-and-shakers over the years who share the rat zodiac. Heard of Shakespeare? What about Albert Einstein? Not to mention Prince Wills, Harry, and Mozart. That’s an inspiring group of people, so you can celebrate the Lunar New Year in 2020 knowing these people share your qualities.
A clever critter
Intelligence and adaptability are two traits that anyone born in the year of the rat can be especially proud of. Due to their sharp-thinking and observant personalities, rats often make savvy business people. And just think – mini briefcases. Cute! Essentially if you want a job done successfully, hand it to a rat because you know their calm and thrifty nature will help them accomplish the task, often in such a way that you wouldn’t have thought of before.
A family-focused critter
Did you know that in ancient Chinese culture, couples who were hoping to conceive would pray to the rat? As they are considered an emblem of fertility, reproduction, abundance and wealth, rats are survivors and show resilience in the most challenging of situations.
A resilient critter
Speaking of resilience. Rats are often thought of as survivors in the Chinese zodiac. In the face of adversity, these critters use their flexibility and adaptability to survive incredibly challenging situations. You’re a tough bunch! However, this persistence doesn’t always necessarily bode well with some of the other animals in the zodiac, as rats can also be known for their stubbornness and blunt delivery, regardless of their good intention. With that being said, if you find yourself coupled up with someone born in the year of the rat, you can expect that while stubborn in decision-making, rats are incredibly affectionate and make caring and thoughtful life partners.
Want to know the zodiac animal of your birth year?
The Ox: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009.
The Tiger: 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 and 2010.
The Rabbit: 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and 2011.
The Dragon: 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012.
The Snake: 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013.
The Horse: 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014.
The Goat: 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015.
The Monkey: 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.
The Rooster: 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005.
The Dog: 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2006.
The Pig: 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007.
The Lunar New Year is a tradition rich in history, vibrant colour and a moment to spend time with those closest to you. So, go on, don’t let it pass you by this year. Gather your fellow zodiac pals and enjoy a Lunar New Year celebration! Be it a delicious Chinese-inspired dinner at one of the many restaurants at a Stockland centre near you, creating lanterns with the kids, or a Lunar New Year feast at home, it’s a celebration not to be missed!
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