As a country with noticeable Chinese influence, the Philippines is not new to Lunar New Year celebrations. Tikoy manufacturers are thriving, fruit vendors are bringing out the round fruits, and this year, people like me are bemoaning the fact that the holiday falls on a weekend.
But there’s no point in whining when the upcoming Lunar New Year marks the beginning of a new cycle in the Chinese calendar. This January 25, it’s time to say goodbye to the Year of the Golden Pig and welcome the Year of the Metal Rat with open arms.
What’s So Important About the Year of the Metal Rat?
The Chinese zodiac calendar goes through a cycle of 12 animal signs: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The Rat is the first sign in the cycle, so you can treat this year as a time for new beginnings and better opportunities.
The Year of the Metal Rat will last from January 25, 2020 to February 11, 2021.
What makes this year extra special is that the next Year of the Metal Rat will be 60 years from now. The Chinese calendar cycles through five principal elements: earth, metal, water, wood, and fire. These elements influence the characteristics of the animal sign.
The Metal Rat has an active, intelligent, and kind personality. They socialize well and treat people gently. Hopefully, the people surrounding you reflect these traits throughout the year.
What’s the Next 12 Months Going to be Like for You?
Generally speaking, the Year of the Metal Rat attracts bright possibilities. The Rat finishes first in the race, and Metal is a strong, resolute element that stimulates productivity. So this year might just be your lucky year but you have to be firm in your values and beliefs for it to be.
As for how the Year of the Metal Rat affects your zodiac animal, check this out:
- Rat (1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)
This is your year! It promises success as long as you’re willing to put hard work and dedication into what you do. Maintain a pleasant disposition, and prosperity follows.
- Ox (1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)
You have to work hard to reach this year’s financial goals. Be patient. Focus on your current ventures before diving into new projects. Pay attention to your health, too!
- Tiger (1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)
This year, nothing can stop you. There’s no room for negativity in your life this year. And as long as you remain time-conscious, you’ll succeed anywhere. Get ‘em, Tiger!
- Rabbit (1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)
It’s time to stop worrying about everything and start paying attention to your health. Resolve past projects and problems before diving into new things. Plan this year.
- Dragon (1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)
Professionally, you’ll do well with the help of colleagues and superiors. Personally, you’ll find many opportunities to network with people. Don’t neglect your well-being, though.
- Snake (1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)
You’ll thrive in most aspects of your life, but be careful about your physical and mental health. With proper diet and relaxation, you can take on any challenge headed your way.
- Horse (1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)
Transformation is the theme of the year. It’s time to face the mistakes you’ve made and learn from them. Also, maximize new opportunities. Greater gains are on the way!
- Sheep (1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)
Be ready for change this year. Your career, personal relationships, and lifestyle are about to change. But be wise with your money. It’s time to cut down on unnecessary things.
- Monkey (1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)
Are you ready for a dynamic year ahead? Your positive attitude and unwavering composure contribute to your career advancement and a wider network of contacts.
- Rooster (1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)
It’s a year of prosperity, Rooster! But always remain patient and levelheaded. And although you have the momentum, it’s best to start saving more this year to secure your future.
- Dog (1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)
You won’t face any serious problems this year, you lucky Dog. You might even be in line for promotions and a raise. Make the most of the opportunities you get this year.
- Pig (1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)
Career is going to be the highlight of your year. Business looks promising this year, too. Always go with your gut feeling and listen to what your body’s trying to tell you.
It isn’t just the start of a new zodiac cycle. It’s the start of a new decade! Whatever your animal zodiac is, learn to embrace your quirks and use them to make your life better. Gong xi fa cai!