Year Of The Rat - 2020, 2032, 2044

2020 is the year of the rat, the first animal in the Chinese zodiac cycle starting from January 25th until 11th February 2021. For many Vietnamese people, rat is a familiar animal that can be found both in urban and rural areas. Possessing important features and characteristics, the Rat year is long-awaited for novelty and success.

Rats in Asian culture

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Most Asian countries have witnessed long co-existing between humans and rats. Having a strong reproductive capacity, rats symbolize strong vitality and thriving. What’s more, rats are very intelligent and flexible in real life. They have the ability to climb over a tall wall or run across the roof without being fallen. Therefore, in Chinese culture, people who are clever and quick-witted usually come with an old saying “shrewder than the Rat”. Rats also bring an enormous source of inspiration to Vietnamese folk art that it is easy to pump into their appearance in a variety of Dong Ho paintings, in which, ‘Dam Cuoi Chuot’ (the Rats’ Wedding) is arguably the most famous one.

The ‘rat’ people

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In Vietnamese culture, people born in Rat years are believed to be optimistic, acute, and alert in nature. As a result, they seemingly achieve certain success in their career. Although ‘rat’ people can be poor communicators, they are adaptable and good at controlling their short-tempered personality. When it comes to gender, ‘rat’ men are clever and have a passion for new environments. Meanwhile, women are traditional and have a great sense of responsibility toward their families.

They also make good financial decisions and manage not to waste money unnecessarily. Some can call them stingy people. Quick thinkers and successful as they are, the rats tend to live in a peaceful life.

Independent and creative, the rats seize an opportunity to thrive as famous authors, actors, and artists. Some notable rats are William Shakespeare, Mozart, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jimmy Lai.

2020: the year of renewal and strength

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The rat year 2020 marks a new rotation cycle that calls for initiatives, reproduction, and favorable outcomes. Moreover, the metal element represents strength and determination, thus, this year will be filled with accomplishments. In terms of health, ‘rat’ people in 2020 are more vulnerable to sickness and it is important to improve their immune system by working out and eating clean.

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