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Year of the Rat – the 1st Chinese Zodiac Animal

The Year of the Rat is first in the 12-year cycle of animal years of the Chinese zodiac. Rat years are …1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020… If you were born in one of the years, then you are a Rat.

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor held a competition and said the order in which the zodiac animals arrived at his palace would decide the order of the 12-cycle. The Rat climbed up the Ox’s head and became the first of the animal signs.

Chinese Zodiac Years – Rat Years

Years sharing the same animal sign and element repeat every 60 years. The five elements are Fire, Earth, Metal (Gold), Water and Wood. It is said that birth animal signs and elements decide people's characteristics.

Type of Rat

Year of Birth


Fire Rat

1936, 1996

Smart, sociable and highly independent

Earth Rat

1948, 2008

Steady, realistic and self-opinionated

Metal Rat

1960, 2020

Clever, filial and irritable

Water Rat

1912, 1972

Intelligent, cunning and conservative

Wood Rat

1924, 1984

Independent, traditional and hard-working

Rat's Personality Traits

Positive Attributes:

The most outstanding characteristics of people born in Rat years are that they are alert, resourceful, and smart. Owing to their positive contributions and strong flexibility at work, Rats are popular with their leaders. They can also be careful, well organized, and full of ”wicked ideas”.

Negative Attributes:

Lacking courage and leadership, Rats cannot be leaders of commercial organizations or other groups. They are sometimes stubborn, selfish, and opportunistic, even though they are otherwise good-natured.

Rat's Love Compatibility

Rat's Love Compatibility

Best Match with Rat: Ox, or Dragon

Oxen, or Dragons have the most compatibility with Rats. The Rat adores the Ox’s persistence while the Ox loves the Rat being resourceful. They will form a perfect couple and live happily like a fairytale.

Rats and Dragons are both positive and optimistic, good at finding the joy of marriage life, so their romantic relationship will have a bright future.

Worst Match with Rat: Horse, Goat, or Rooster

Couples that are formed from Rat and Horse, Goat, or Rooster won’t get rich and nothing will go well.

Lucky Things for Rat for 2020

Lucky Things for Rats

Rats’ Unlucky Things

  • Unlucky umbers: 5, 9
  • Unlucky colors: yellow, coffee
  • Unlucky partners: Horse, Goat, Rooster

Rat's Prediction for 2020

Overall Luck

Rat's Prediction for 2020

Career: ★★★☆☆

Rats will have good opportunities in their careers this year. They will readily receive help from others and yield twice the results for half the effort, but at the same time they will be vulnerable to villains. So it will be necessary to guard against the ups and downs of working life.

Finance: ★★★☆☆

This will be a year of hard work for Rats. Even if their income rises due to development of their careers, their expenditure will increase accordingly. Be careful not to be trapped by deceptive competition or to lose money because of friends. Especially avoid money-lending or being a guarantor.

Health: ★☆☆☆☆

This will not be a good year for Rats’ health. They will be prone to disease of the kidneys or the urinary system. Eating and emotional issues should be given due attention.

Love: ★★☆☆☆

Generally speaking, this year there’ will be nothing striking about the love life and relationships of Rats. The chances of single Rats to find their love will be embarrassingly low and the feelings of people they admire will tend to be cool. Married Rats may also have some troubles or end up in a cold war situation.

Famous People Born in the Year of Rat

Born in 369 BC

Zhuangzi (an influential Chinese Daoist philosopher in the Warring States Period)

Born in 712

Du Fu (a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty)

Born in 1564

William Shakespeare

Born in 1732

George Washington

Born in 1874

Winston Churchill

Born in 1948

HRH Prince Charles

Born in 1984

LeBron James

Some other Rat celebrities

John F. Kennedy, Wolfgang Mozart, Charlotte Bronte, Truman Capote, Mata Hari, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson

2020 is a Rat year, beginning on January 25th, 2020 and lasting until February 11th, 2021 (the animal years do not start on January 1st!). However, no matter how good/bad forecasts for Rats in 2020 are, or what type of Rat you are, you don't need to take it too seriously. It is for reference only, just like western astrology.

Introduction to the 12 Animals

We list all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, if you want to check out the animal sign that your parents or your kids belong to:

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