According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, the date of the Chinese New Year 2020 is the 25th of January. 2020 is the year of the Rat or Mouse and the rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to a legend, the order of the animals in the Chinese zodiac calendar depends on the arrival of a group of animals to the party of Jade Emperor. The Ox was heading first but the rat tricked the ox by asking him a ride and when they arrived at the finish line the rat jumped down from the Ox and arrived first.
In Chinese culture, rats are a symbol of wealth and during the year of the rat, many people pray to have a better wealthy life while married couples pray to have children. People born in the year of the rat (recent years of the rat are: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020) are thought to be clever, quick thinkers, successful and satisfied with living a peaceful and quiet life. They are also sensitive to the emotions of others and stubborn with their own opinion.
Men born in the year of the Rat are thought to be clever and adapt quickly to new environments plus creative and taking advantage of opportunities that happen in life. Though men born in this year are assumed to have many ideas then they are not
suitable for leadership positions. On the other hand, women born in the year of the Rat are thought to be good
organizers and family-oriented. They are also very responsible and able at the same time.
However, whether one is born in the year of the rat or not he/she might experience both successes and failures in life. One might also experience sufferings when it comes to relationships and health as this is part of life. So whether one is experiencing happiness or sadness, good or bad feelings throughout the year of the Rat, it is worth taking life DAY BY DAY as Jesus says it is “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34). This implies that one should not worry about the future since life contains an ample burden of evils and suffering. So DO YOUR BEST THEN GOD WILL DO THE REST. We wish a Happy Chinese New Year of the Rat to everyone especially to all the
Chinese people living in Malta.
Written by Miguel Fenech, Jurgen Xuereb and Jayden Degiorgio
Students at St. Margaret College Senior Secondary School, Verdala, Cospicua,