Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year commences on January 25th 2020 and is the Year of the Rat. This celebration is also known as the Spring Festival. Chinese New Year is the longest public holiday in China. Employees have seven to 12 days holiday, and some of the factory workers have a longer holiday. This is a special time for Chinese people to be with families, and they are keen to return home for this festival. Chinese New Year in China creates the world’s largest annual migration, which is known as the Spring Festival Travel Rush.

There is a special story about how the Rat got to be the first animal in Chinese Zodiac. In ancient China the Emperor said the arrangement of how the 12 animals were positioned in the Chinese Zodiac would be decided by order in which the animals crossed the river. To cross the river, the Rat being very strategic jumped on the Ox’s back, and then when the Ox reached the bank of the river the Rat jumped off the Ox’s back and therefore became the first animal to cross the river.

People born in the Rat year are generally likeable, optimistic and energetic. They have the reputation of being  sensitive to the emotions of others and will stay calm in very challenging circumstances. On the financial side, they like saving. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.

The Rat symbolises intelligence and the Rat is alert with an acute sense of smell. Rats also have the ability to climb over walls flexibly and run across roofs. The Rat may not be as skilled as an aquatic animal in swimming, however they can easily swim across narrow ditches and shallow ponds.

If you want to say Happy New Year’ to your Chinese contacts you can say ‘Xin nian kuai le’.

If you would like to write ‘Happy New Year’ in Chinese characters to send to your Chinese contacts you can just cut and paste the Chinese characters 新年快乐 into your email and your social media.

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