The Chinese New Year of 2020 falls on January 25th and the festival will last to February 8th. According to the Chinese zodiac 2020 is a Year of the Rat.
- The rat is the 1st animal in the Chinese Zodiac, an every 12th Chinese new year heralds the start of another year named for this clever animal.
- It has characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality. 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
- People born in the year of the rat are thought to be generous witty, alert, and flexible. On the other hand, they are also thought to be a bit stubborn and picky.
- The recommended occupations for rats are artist, author, teacher and doctor.
The above information is shared from the following websites:
The Monkey with the Tom –Tom – Southern India
The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Germany
You will find another version here:
And the poem written by Robert Browning with gorgeous illustrations here.
Rat Hall – Scotland
The Rat Princess - Japan
The Rats and Their Daughter - Japan
The Rat’s Wedding – Northern India
The Story of a Monkey – Philippines
Why the Rat Kills Cats – Nigeria
Why the Woman and Rat Came to Stay in the Same House - Sudan
Gift of Curiosity – Books About the Chinese New Year for Kids
CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES
Education.com – Make a Chinese Zodiac Mask: Year of the Rat
Enchanted Learning – Crafts and Activities for the Chinese New Year
First Palette – Chinese Paper Lanterns
Make an Origami Rat
Printable Coloring Pages: Year of the Rat
Food Network – Chinese New Year Recipes
Chinese New Year Taboos
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Karen Chace 2019 ©
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