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  • Writer's pictureBonney Rempel

Year of the Rat 2020

Updated: Jan 1, 2021

The Year of the Rat is the first of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor proclaimed the order of the animals would be decided by the order in which they arrived at his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first. Metal Rats tend to be reliable and live a stable life. They may hold some power and are able to turn unlucky events into fortune. In Chinese culture, rats symbolized wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples would pray to them for children. In the terms of yin and yang ((阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day. Recent years of the Rat are: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

Personality and Characteristics: Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Year of the Rat are likable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with their opinion. Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude. On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. Men born in the Year of the Rat are clever and adapt quickly to new environments. They are creative and great at taking advantage of opportunities; however, they sometimes lack the courage to do so. Women born in the Year of the Rat are traditional. They love keeping things organized and place great value on the family. Everything is taken care of by them and there is no need for their husband to worry. Most compatible with: Ox, Dragon, and Monkey Least compatible with: Horse, Goat, and Rabbit

Careers: Because of their independence and imagination, they are suitable for creative jobs. These include authors, editors, and artists. Rats also pay attention to fine detail, making them fit for technical work, such as engineering and architecture.


Coach – Lunar New Year Camera Bag, $290 Celebrate the Year of the Rat with our special Lunar New Year collection, designed in a bright red hue symbolizing luck, happiness, and good fortune.

Stuart Weitzman – Mckenzee Lunar combat boots, $795 (available online only) New year, new gear: Kickstart the Year of the Rat and make great strides in the year ahead.

Harry Rosen – Salvatore Ferragamo long silk scarf, $415 This two-tone scarf is embroidered with the brand’s logo and made from a sumptuous 100% silk in burgundy and charcoal shades to maximize versatility. Twist to show off both sides.

Swarovski – Lucky Cat, $179 Bring some good fortune into your home with this cute Lucky Cat. Sparkling clear crystal with coloured detailing.

Post Office – 2020 Year of the Rat silver coin, $101.88 Celebrate the Year of the Rat with this prestigious 99.99% pure silver coin featuring a frosted design on a mirror like background that has been hand polished to perfection.

MAC – Lunar Illusions Extra Dimension Skinfinish, $41 A liquid-powder highlighter that gives the complexion a luminous, well-defined finish. Limited Edition.

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