Jan 25

Chinese New Year (Jan 25, 2020)

Year of the Rat
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Year of the Rat
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Happy New Year! 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)

If you were born in the year of the Rat, roughly corresponding to 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, or starting today, 2020, according to Chinese astrology: your lucky numbers are: 2,3,6,8; your lucky flowers are lilies, and your lucky colours are gold, blue, and green! Whatever your zodiac sign, wishing you health, wealth, and prosperity for the new year! Gung Hay Fat Choy! 🐀

Happy Chinese New Year!  Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Wishing you prosperity for the new year.  It's the year of the Rat!

The Chinese New Year , which is also known as the Spring Festival, falls in line with the Chinese Zodiac which runs in a 12 year cycle.

Twelve animals represent each year: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig .


In the Chinese zodiac, the Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order of the zodiac would be decided by the order in which the animals 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.

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.

Those born in the year of the Rat are supposed to be clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.

Recent years of the Rat are: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

This tartan, designed by Brian Wilton, is first of a series of 12 Chinese Zodiac tartans from the Gold Brothers Ltd, using the traditional colours and numbers associated with each.

If you would like to know your fortune by your particular year, click the rat!

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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