One of the most important Asian holidays worldwide is the Chinese New Year. This date marks the beginning of a new lunar cycle and therefore never coincides with the Gregorian calendar with which we are governed in the West.
In addition to celebrating with parades, fireworks and dancing with dragons, the New Year is represented by the Chinese horoscope animal that corresponds to the lunar cycle. For example, this year 2020 celebrates the year of the metal rat, which is associated with prosperity, persistence and survival. For this reason, here we tell you when and why the Chinese New Year is celebrated this 2020.
This year the festivities will begin on Saturday, January 25, and will run until Thursday, February 11. This season is known as the Spring Festival and the date varies year by year because it is based on the lunar calendar and starts with the first new moon, which usually occurs between January 20 and February 20.
According to the beliefs of that country, the 12 animals that represent the Chinese horoscope were selected by the Jade Emperor or Ruler of heaven according to the order in which they arrived at the meeting he convened.
The legend says that the animals had to cross a river and the rat was the first to arrive on the ox's back. Thus the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog and the pig were arriving until completing the 12 months of the year. The story tells that the cat did not arrive because he was deceived by the rat, hence they always chase them.
Each zodiac sign has a 12-month cycle, so in 2017 it was the year of the rooster, in 2018 it was of the dog, this 2019 will be of the pig and this 2020 will be the year of the rat because the cycle is restarted.
According to popular belief, people who share their year of birth with the zodiac year of the animal in turn, will have bad luck and the only remedy is to use a red ribbon during the 12 months to avoid it.
Experts in the meaning of the Chinese horoscope believe that the year of the metal rat will mark a return to human feelings, meetings and social gatherings. It is believed that it will be a year to share, to dialogue, to socialize, to move information, but also to think before acting.
According to belief, the animal that represents your personality and your luck is determined according to the year of your birth, so here we leave you the complete list to know what sign of the Chinese horoscope you are:
- Rat: 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
- Ox: 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
- Tiger: 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
- Rabbit: 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
- Dragon: 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
- Snake: 2025, 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
- Horse: 2026, 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
- Goat: 2027, 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
- Monkey: 2028, 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
- Rooster: 2029, 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
- Dog: 2030, 2008, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
- Pig: 2031, 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971