Year of the Rat, Chinese Zodiac 2020

Written by Sally Guo Updated Nov. 15, 2022

In the Chinese zodiac, the Rat is the first of the repeating 12-year cycle of animals. The years of the Rat include 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960 1948… If you were born in one of the years, your Chinese zodiac sign is the Rat.

What is a Rat Year?

In the Chinese zodiac, each year is represented by an animal. The Rat is the first zodiac sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle. The Year of Rat comes every 12 years as a cycle.

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor held a competition and said the order in which the zodiac animals arrived at his palace would decide the order of the 12-cycle. The Rat climbed up the Ox's head and became the first of the animal signs.

Five Elements of the Rat

In Chinese elements theory, there are five elements: Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. Each zodiac year is associated with an element. Years with the same animal sign and element repeat every 60 years. The most recent rat year is 2020. It is the year of the gold rat.

Read more details on the Five Elements of the Zodiac Rat.

Years of the Rat

Chinese zodiac years are based on the Chinese lunar calendar which is around one or two months later than the Gregorian calendar. The Chinese New Year marks the transition from one animal to the next.

Rat Years Birth Dates Types of Rat
2020 25 Jan 2020 to 11 Feb 2021 Gold Rat
2008 7 Feb 2008 to 25 Jan 2009 Earth Rat
1996 19 Feb 1996 to 6 Feb 1997 Fire Rat
1984 2 Feb 1984 to 19 Feb 1985 Wood Rat
1972 15 Feb 1972 to 2 Feb 1973 Water Rat
1960 28 Jan 1960 to 14 Feb 1961 Gold Rat
1948 10 Feb 1948 to 28 Jan 1949 Earth Rat
1936 24 Jan 1936 to 10 Feb 1937 Fire Rat

Use the Chinese Zodiac calculator below to find out your zodiac sign and element.

Rat’s Personality - Smart, Alert, and Quick-witted

The most outstanding characteristics of people born in the rat years are alertness, smartness, and resourcefulness. Owing to their positive contributions and strong flexibility at work, rat people are popular with their leaders. They are careful, quick-witted, well-organized, and full of wicked ideas.

However, lacking courage and leadership, rat people cannot be leaders of commercial organizations or other groups. They are sometimes selfish, and opportunistic, even though they are otherwise good-natured.

Chinese people believed that personal characteristics are associated with the birth of animal signs and elements. People born with different animal signs and elements will have different personalities.

Rats Birth Years Personality Traits
Gold Rat 1960, 2020 clever, filial, having good taste
Earth Rat 1948, 2008 steady, realistic, self-opinionated
Fire Rat 1936, 1996 smart, sociable, highly independent
Wood Rat 1924, 1984 ambitious, hard-working, irritable
Water Rat 1912, 1972 reserve, emotional, compassionate

Rat's Love Compatibility

People born in the year of the rat are smart, quick-witted, and resourceful. They are most compatible with people who are talented and ambitious. Find below the best matches for rats: 

Rat's Compatibility

Best Match with Rat: Dragon, Monkey

Rat people and dragon people are both brave, confident, and eager for success. They get on very well as they have the same goal and take optimistic views. Their romantic relationship will have a bright future.

Being smart and lively, the monkey can cooperate well with the rat. Not only do well in the work part, but they are also compatible with each other in a relationship. Rat people admire the monkey’s great ambitions, monkey people appreciate the rat’s insight. They can mend their difference through effective communication.

Worst Match with Rat: Goat

It is difficult for the thrifty rat to get along with extravagant people. The rat cannot afford the goat’s luxurious lifestyle. People born in the year of the rat may think goat people lack ambition, and always seek ease and comfort. The relationship between goat and rat won’t be harmonious if they cannot reach a consensus on financial affairs.

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Calculator

 

Rat's Horoscope in 2023

No matter how good or bad predictions for rats in 2023 are, or what type of rat you are, you don't need to take it too seriously. It is for reference only, just like western astrology.

Rat's Horoscope 2023

Rat’s Health in 2023

This will not be a good year for Rats' health based on the Rat fortune prediction in 2023. They will be prone to disease of the kidneys or the urinary system. When feeling uncomfortable, they should receive proper treatment timely. Keeping regular exercise would be helpful for Rat people's health in 2023. 

Rat’s Career Predictions in 2023

Rats will have good opportunities in their careers this year. They will readily receive help from others and yield twice the results for half the effort, but at the same time, they will be vulnerable to villains. So it will be necessary to guard against the ups and downs of working life.

Rat's Finance Fortune in 2023

This will be a year of hard work for the Rats. Even if their income rises due to the development of their careers, their expenditure will increase accordingly. Be careful not to be trapped by deceptive competition or to lose money because of friends. Especially avoiding moneylending or being a guarantor.

Rat’s Relationship Horoscope in 2023

This year there will be nothing striking about the love life and relationships of Rats. The chances of single Rats finding their love will be embarrassingly low and the feelings of people they admire will tend to be cool. Married Rats may also have some troubles or end up in a cold war situation.

Continue to read more details on Rats' Fortune Predictions in 2023.

How to Get Lucky in 2023 for Rat People?

Follow the lucky things and avoid these unlucky ones, it may help you have a smooth 2023.

Rat's Lucky Things

Rat's Lucky Things

Rat's Unlucky Things

Chinese Zodiac Rat's Best Jobs

People with the Chinese zodiac Rat are quick-witted, smart, and have a sharp perspective, which enables them for skilled jobs such as researchers, engineers, architects, and fashion designers. They have good insight and always have clear instincts to potential problems. 

With positive, independent, and diligent characteristics, people with the zodiac Rat sign are also suitable for jobs like entrepreneurs, directors, and administrators.

Famous People Born in the Year of the Rat

Introduction to the 12 Zodiac Animals

Listed below are all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, check out which animal sign you belong to and get lucky in 2023!

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