2020 Lunar Year of the Rat
The Rat is the first sign of the twelve-year lunar calendar: this reflects the traditional story of how the Jade Emperor had the twelve animals of the zodiac race across a river to decide what order they would go in. Clever Rat hitched a ride on the strong Ox and managed to come first. People born under the sign of the Rat are also considered to be clever, quick-witted and resourceful.
The year 2020 falls under the sign of the metal Rat. People born under this sign are talented, self-aware and persuasive, with the gift of a silver tongue. Some famous people born in the year of the Rat include Prince Harry (1984), singer and actor Olivia Newton-John (1948), actor Tilda Swinton (1960), author Sir Terry Pratchett (1948), and singer Lorde (1996).
It is traditional to exchange gifts of coins during the internationally recognised Chinese New Year celebration.