Year of the Rat

The 1st Chinese Zodiac Sign
Earthly Branch: 子 • Yang • 1st Trine • Fixed Element: Water

Across Cultures

Korean Hangul 자 Ja    Chinese Zodiac Japanese Zodiac Japanese on'yomi しShi
Mandarin Zhuyin ㄗˇ Mandarin Pinyin Mandarin Jyutping Zi2  Japanese kun'yomi   ね Ne
Vietnamese tí / tử          Buddhist Calendar  ជូត (Choot)


Years and the Five Elements
People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the “Year of the Rat,” while also bearing the following elemental sign: The following is a chart of the dates of western calendar of those born in the year of the Rat.
   1960 Jan 28   to   1961 Feb 14  Metal Rat
   1972 Feb 15   to   1973 Feb 02  Water Rat
   1984 Feb 02   to   1985 Feb 19  Wood Rat
   1996 Feb 19   to   1997 Feb 06  Fire Rat
   2008 Feb 07   to   2009 Jan 25  Earth Rat
   2020 Jan 25   to   2021 Feb 11  Metal Rat

The 1st and most prominent position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Rat symbolizes such character traits as wit, imagination and curiosity. Rats have keen observation skills and with those skills they’re able to deduce much about other people and other situations. Overall, Rats are full of energy, talkative and charming but they have a tendency to become aggressive.

Rats are full of good advice but they will never share their troubles with others. They are honest individuals and they enjoy living for the moment.

With strong intuition and quick response, they always easily adapt themselves to a new environment and are capable of surviving any situation. With rich imaginations and sharp observation, Rats can take advantage of various opportunities well. Rats have strong curiosity, so they tend to try their hands at anything, and they can deal with it skillfully.

Those belonging to the Rat zodiac sign are pretty, smart, and lovely. They have quick minds and dexterous hands, and are able to learn anything.

A lack of courage, as well as good command skills, Rats are not capable as leaders. Opportunistic and picky as Rats are, they do not have broad minds, but a narrow view.

Rats are kind, but sometimes impolite to others. People of the Rat zodiac sign usually sleep late, for mice are nocturnal animals.


With an active nature, Rats enjoy a flexible social circle. They are interested in attending different kinds of social occasions. They like to make new friends, but they seldom further their relationships with others. Rats have a charming appearance, which can attract more friends.

In love relationships, Rats find it easy to start a new relationship with someone, but they also break off relationships easily, which results in trouble with infidelity.

  • Best with: Ox, Dragon, Hare
  • Worst with: Horse, Rooster

Luck of the Rat

The following are deemed lucky for those born in a Rat year:

  • Lucky numbers: 2, 3, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 32)
  • Lucky days: the 4th and 13th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: blue, gold, green
  • Lucky flowers: lily, African violet
  • Lucky direction: west, northwest and southwest
  • Lucky months: the 2nd, 5th and 9th Chinese lunar months

Unlucky Things:

  • Unlucky color: yellow, brown
  • Unlucky numbers: 5 and 9
  • Unlucky direction: south and southeast
  • Unlucky months: the 4th, 10th, and 12th Chinese lunar months

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 Rat   •   Ox   •   Tiger   •   Hare   •   Dragon   •   Snake   •   Horse   •   Ram   •   Monkey   •   Rooster   •   Dog   •   Pig


Idols born during the Year of the Rat