You may recall, a few weeks ago, all sorts of announcements to the effect that this year, 2020, is a Year of the Rat according to the Chinese Zodiac Calendar. The calendar has a 12 year ‘animal’ cycle and last year was a Pig year. Next year will be a year of the Ox, next the Tiger… and so on.
Anyway, what is less commonly mentioned is the fact that the Chinese New Year does not begin on January 1st. Rather, since it is calculated according to the lunar cycle, it falls on a different day each year. This year, the new year begins on January 25th, which is today…. The Day of the Rat.
Oh … there is one other little twist: In addition to the 12 year animal cycle, there is also a five year cycle of the elements; wood, fire, earth, metal and water. 2020 is associated with metal, and so this is a Metal Rat year … I certainly hope you all kept this mind when shopping for Rat Day presents.
Are you ready for your Rat Day Feast?