Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is on January 25th, which is also known as the beginning of the Lunar New Year. This year we will celebrate the Year of the Rat. So what does that mean for you?

Oh my gosh, it is Chinese New Year? I remember as kid just pouring over these placemats at our favorite Chinese Restaurant. I would ask my parents which animal they were, and then move on to figure out my siblings animal too. Gosh, I think I even took one to school for show and tell. Clearly, I did not think about the fact most of us were born in the same year. Just imagine my surprise when my entire class was made up of rabbits and dragons. This is probably what fueled my desire to learn about the each of the zodiac houses. 

As we celebrate Chinese New Year, 2020 is predicted to produce prosperity, especially for those who are planful, and work hard. It is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals. The lunar calendar runs in 12-year cycles, this year is the year of the rat- 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1996, 2008, 2020 and looking ahead to 2032. The Rat occupies the first position in the Chinese zodiac, and brings us into dawning of the twelve stretch of astral element of metal, so this we we celebrate the metal Rat.

Taking a deeper look into people that are actually born in the year of the rat. There are several sub categories based upon your actual birth year. 20120 is classified as a Metal Rat year, and is considered a unlucky year for anyone born into the Earth Dog category. 

  • Wood Rat-1924, 1984- multi-talented and strong-willed , always finish what they begin.
  • Fire Rat-1936, 1996- high IQs and EQs and have great fortune later in life.
  • Earth Rat-1948, 2008- Persistent, meticulously attentive, with good fortune in wealth. 
  • Metal Rat-1960, 2020 -Powerful and able to turn unlucky event into good fortune.
  • Water Rat-1972, 2032-Successful at midlife, relatives and close friends may weigh them down 

Share a little good fortune this season with these sweet treats, see how I Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies to add a little festive punch.


1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

  • Compatible Signs: Dragon or Monkey Incompatible Sign: Horse
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 3, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 32) Unlucky numbers: 5 and 9
  • Lucky days: the 4th and 13th 
  • Lucky colors: blue, gold, green  Unlucky color: yellow, brown
  • Lucky flowers: lily, African violet
  • Lucky direction: west, northwest and southwest Unlucky direction: south and southeast


1925, 1937,1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

  • Compatible Signs: Snake or Rooster Incompatible Sign: Sheep
  • Lucky numbers: 1, 4, and numbers containing 1 and 4 (like 14 and 41) Unlucky numbers: 5 and 6
  • Lucky days: the 13th and 27th 
  • Lucky colors: white, yellow, and green Unlucky color: blue
  • Lucky flowers: tulip, morning glory, and peach blossom
  • Lucky direction: north and south Unlucky direction: southwest


1926, 1938,1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

  • Compatible Signs: Horse or Dog Incompatible Sign: Monkey
  • Lucky numbers: 1, 3, and 4 and numbers containing them (like 13 and 43) Unlucky numbers: 6, 7, and 8
  • Lucky days: the 16th and 27th 
  • Lucky colors: blue, gray, orange Unlucky colors: brown
  • Lucky flowers: yellow lily, cineraria
  • Lucky direction: east, north, south Unlucky direction: southwest


1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

  • Compatible Signs: Sheep or Boar Incompatible Sign: Rooster
  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6, and numbers containing them (like 34 and 46) Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, and 8
  • Lucky days: the 26th, 27th and 29th 
  • Lucky colors: red, pink, purple, blue Unlucky color: dark brown, dark yellow, white
  • Lucky flowers: plantain lily, and jasmine
  • Lucky directions: east, south and northwest Unlucky directions: north, west, and southwest


1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

  • Compatible Signs: Monkey or Rat Incompatible Sign: Dog
  • Lucky numbers: 1, 6 and 7 (like 17 and 76) Unlucky numbers: 3 and 8
  • Lucky days: the 1st and 16th 
  • Lucky colors: gold, silver, grayish white Unlucky colors: blue, green
  • Lucky flowers: bleeding-heart glory bower, dragon flowers
  • Lucky direction: east, north, west Unlucky direction: northwest


1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

  • Compatible Signs: Rooster or Ox Incompatible Sign: Boar
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 8, 9, and numbers containing them (like 28 and 89) Unlucky numbers: 1, 6, and 7
  • Lucky days: the 1st and 23rd 
  • Lucky colors: black, red, and yellow Unlucky color: brown, gold, white
  • Lucky flowers: orchid and cactus
  • Lucky direction: east, west, and southwest Unlucky direction: northeast and northwest


1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

  • Compatible Signs: Tiger or Dog Incompatible Sign: Rat
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 7, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 37) Unlucky numbers: 1, 5, and 6
  • Lucky days: the 5th and 20th 
  • Lucky colors: yellow and green Unlucky color: blue, white
  • Lucky flowers: calla lily and jasmine
  • Lucky direction: east, west, and southwest
  • Lucky months: the 4th, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months  Unlucky direction: north and northwest


1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

  • Compatible Signs: Boar or Rabbit Incompatible Sign: Ox
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 7, or numbers containing 2 and 7 (like 27 and 72) Unlucky numbers: 4 and 9
  • Lucky days: the 7th and 30th 
  • Lucky colors: green, red, and purple Unlucky colors:  blue, and black. (Goat people should avoid wearing these colors.)
  • Lucky flowers: carnations and primroses
  • Lucky direction: north Unlucky direction: southwest


1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028

  • Compatible Signs: Dragon or Rat Incompatible Sign: Monkey
  • Lucky numbers: 4 and 9 (like 49 0r 94) Unlucky numbers: 2 and 7
  • Lucky days: the 14th and 28th
  • Lucky colors: white, blue, gold Unlucky colors: red, pink
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape-myrtle
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west Unlucky directions: south, southeast


1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029

  • Compatible Signs: Snake or Ox Incompatible Sign: Rabbit
  • Lucky numbers: 5, 7, and 8 (like 57 or 78) Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, and 9
  • Lucky days: the 4th and 26th 
  • Lucky colors: gold, brown, and yellow Unlucky color: red
  • Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb
  • Lucky directions: south, southeast. Unlucky direction: east



 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

  • Compatible Signs: Horse & Tiger
  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9 and numbers containing them (like 34 and 49)
  • Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids
  • Lucky days: the 7th and 28th 
  • Lucky directions: east, south, and northeast


 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

  • Compatible Signs: Rabbit or Sheep Incompatible Sign: All other Boars
  • Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8, and numbers containing them (like 25 and 58) Unlucky numbers: 1, 7
  • Lucky days: the 17th and 24th 
  • Lucky colors: yellow, gray, brown, gold  Unlucky color: red, blue, green
  • Lucky flowers: hydrangea and daisy
  • Lucky direction: east and southwest  Unlucky direction: southeast

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  1. Very interesting article, thanks for sharing this horoscope with us 🙂

  2. I had no idea that there were subsigns in the Chinese zodiac. I used to love to see which animal everyone in my family was as a kid too! Definitely made waiting for dinner go faster!

  3. Love it! Year of the ox baby! This article was fun to read 🙂

  4. Thank you glad you liked it!!! I am the year of the rabbit over here!

  5. I know brilliant marketing right there. Distracts everyone from the being hungry and you can even work on reading with the littles.

  6. Wow, I never knew that I was born in the year of the sheep(goat) but 2 and 7 have always been my lucky numbers!

  7. Lisa, you know I find it funny how things like that always work out. You were innately drawn to those numbers and they may have even played a role in your life too.

  8. Jennifer, thanks so much for the really great post. I am the year of the monkey, so it was very interesting to read all about it. I have no idea I had lucky colors or numbers. Thank you!

  9. Carmen Robertson

    This is a fun post, I like how you covered a the traditional Chinese zodiac. I was doing a little research on it which lead me to you site. You have a nice site with a variety of topics.

  10. sooncookson

    Interesting post, it is like reading a Chinese menu. I think it is a interesting choice for your site and to go with the Valentine’s post.

  11. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    Yeah this was a fun way to celebrate outstanding post!

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