Year of the Rat

Happy Lunar New Year! 2020 is the year of the rat. I don’t traditionally celebrate the Chinese New Year or follow the Chinese Zodiac. But it turns out I’m a “rat” on their zodiac calendar. So this is my year! Coincides well with my “Focus On Me” axiom this year, doesn’t it?

According to, the rat is the first of all the zodiac animals. Which means the year of the rat also kicks off a new 12 year zodiac cycle. In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Married couples also prayed to rats if they wanted children.

Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.

Personality traits for “rats” include: optimistic, energetic, sensitive, empathetic, kind, and liked by all. However, rats can also be stingy, have weak communication skills, and stubborn with an opinion.

For more fun zodiac information about rats, check out

Fun fact: Gung Hay Fat Choy is the traditional greeting for Chinese New Year. But it doesn’t mean “happy new year”, it means “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.”