The Year of the Rat

Years and Dates for Chinese New Year of the Rat

1900   January, 31 1900 – February 18, 1901   White Metal Rat Year
1912   February, 18 1912 – February 5, 1913   Black Water Rat Year
1924   February,  5 1924 – January 23, 1925   Green Wood Rat Year
1936   January, 24 1936 – February 10, 1937   Red Fire Rat Year
1948   February, 10 1948 – January 28, 1949   Brown Earth Rat Year
1960   January, 28 1960 – February 14, 1961   White Metal Rat Year
1972   February, 15 1972 – February 2, 1973   Black Water Rat Year
1984   February,  2 1984 – February 19, 1985   Green Wood Rat Year
1996   February, 19 1996 – February 6, 1997   Red Fire Rat Year
2008   February,  7 2008 – January 25, 2009   Brown Earth Rat Year
2020   January, 25 2020 – February 11, 2021   White Metal Rat Year

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Rat Ox ~ Tiger ~ Rabbit ~ Dragon ~ Snake ~ Horse ~ Goat ~ Monkey ~ Rooster ~ Dog ~ Pig

The Rat Personality

Rats tend to lead a busy lifestyle running around from one place to the next. From the outside this may look like absolute chaos but every move is actually very well calculated and has been thought out right down to the last detail. While these rats seem to be happy creatures, they are actually quite aggressive on the inside but tend to hide it very well. They have an enormous fear of failure and can be very secretive about it too.

Rats are very quick witted and very resourceful. They can spot an advantage in almost every situation and run with it, whether it is finding an absolute bargain or fishing out a very juicy piece of gossip from someone. Be careful though, they often have ulterior motives!

Once in love, the rat will show a side that is rarely seen by others. They are some of the most generous, romantic and sentimental people around, but only if you’re at the centre of their attentions! They are very sensual and will do almost anything to please their partner. They are naturally faithful and rarely ever stray once a relationship has been established. They’d love nothing more than to make wild, passionate love to their mate in a secret and mysterious place!

Rats think about everything so much that when they have an off day, they just love to relax by spend their time socialising and talking about light-hearted topics and taking in all the small pleasures of life. If you live with a rat, you’ll find that these moments often become the most cherished ones!

Balance – Yang
Element – Water


Compatibility with the Rat

Perfect Partners: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
Nearly Perfect Partners: Rabbit, Snake, Dog, Pig
Needs Effort: Rat, Tiger
Learn From Your Differences: Goat, Rooster
Not Your Destiny: Horse

Famous People born in the Year of the Rat

  • Richard Nixon –president
  • Prince Charles –royalty
  • Claude Monet –artist
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart –composer
  • William Shakespeare –playwright