2008- Chinese Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese Calendar. The Chinese year 4706 begins on February 7, 2008.Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest.

In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.Those born in rat years tend to be leaders, pioneers, and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, William Shakespeare, and Mozart were all born in the year of the rat.

Rat Traits              Rat Celebrities

Year of Rat
A Rat Year is a time of hard work, activity, and renewal.This is a good year to begin a new job, get married, launch a product or make a fresh start.Ventures begun now may not yield fast returns, but opportunities will come for people who are well prepared and resourceful.The best way for you to succeed is to be patient,let things develop slowly, and make the most of every opening you can find.In Chinese,the Rat is respected and considered a courageous, enterprising person.People born in the Year of Rat are clever and bright,sociable and family-minded.

They have broad interests and strong ability in adapting to the environment and able to react adequately to any changes.They are gifted in many ways and have an easy going manner.They are active and pleasant, tactful and fantastic, and are able to grasp opportunities.They seem to have interests in everything and hope to participate in doing it and usually do it very well.

Rat Years

• 01/31/1900 –02/18/1901 (Metal)

• 02/18/1912 – 02/05/1913 (Water)

• 02/05/1924 – 01/24/1925 (Wood)

• 01/24/1936 – 02/10/1937 (Fire)

• 02/10/1948 – 01/28/1949 (Earth)

• 01/28/1960 – 02/14/1961 (Metal)

• 02/15/1972 – 02/02/1973 (Water)

• 02/02/1984 – 02/19/1985 (Wood)

• 02/19/1996 – 02/06/1997 (Fire)

• 02/07/2008 – 01/25/2009 (Earth)