Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

This year is the Year of the Rat, the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to 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.

The Rat is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Zi (子) and the midnight hours. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.

In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.

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Rat years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

Rat years: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

Years of the Ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Years of the Ox: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Years of the Tiger: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Years of the Tiger: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Years of the Rabbit: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Years of the Rabbit: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Years of the Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Years of the Dragon: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Snake years: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Snake years: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Horse Years: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Horse Years: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Years of the Ram: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Years of the Ram: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Monkey years: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016,

Monkey years: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016,

Rooster years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Rooster years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Year of the dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Year of the dog: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Year of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Year of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019