Monday, November 25, 2019

Chinese New Year 2020: The Year of the Rat

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:

A well-known legend or origin of the Chinese Zodiac tells the tale of the Jade Emperor who invited the entire animal kingdom to take part in a race. The first 12 animals to cross the river would be assigned a year of the Chinese Zodiac system.

All of the animals were very excited and the news spread quickly. On the day of the race all of the animals gathered at the river and rat won the race. You see, although he was the smallest animal he used his bran and played a little trick! To read the rest of the story click the link below:


The Monkey with the Tom –Tom – Southern India

The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Germany
And the poem written by Robert Browning with gorgeous illustrations here.

The Rat Princess - Japan

The Rats and Their Daughter - Japan

The Rat’s Wedding – Northern India 

The Story of a Monkey – Philippines

The Story of the Rat and Her Journey to God – Romania


Gift of Curiosity – Books About the Chinese New Year for Kids

CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES – 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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