Year of the Rat

The Chinese zodiac rotates through a 12-year cycle of animals and the traditional five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. 2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat 鼠. As the first animal in the cycle, the rat is believed to usher in a period of new beginnings. Those born in the year are considered to be smart, quick-witted, flexible, adaptable, and outgoing. The lunar new year begins January 25, 2020, and starts the Spring Festival season that ends fifteen days later on the evening of the Lantern Festival.