06 February, 2008

GONG XI FA CAI - Year of the Rat !

2008 Chinese New Year - The Year of The Rat

In Chinese, the word may refer to either the rat or the mouse. Therefore, in this context, Year of the Mouse and Year of the Rat are interchangeable terms.

The Year Of The Rat

(1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996)

People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They work hard to achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and are likely to be perfectionists. They are basically thrifty with money. Rat people are easily angered and love to gossip. Their ambitions are big, and they are usually very successful. They are most compatible with people born in the years of the Dragon, Monkey, and Ox.

Household rodents may get a reprieve this year, with 2008 declared the year of the Earth Rat.

There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac or horoscope. The rat is the first and the boar is the twelfth, according to www.usbridalguide.com. In consecutive order between the two are the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster and dog.

According to Chinese philosophy, people born in the Year of the Rat are respected, courageous, charming, admirable and enterprising people who are able to steer clear of financial troubles.

There are five types of rats named after each of the five elements; metal, water, wood, fire and earth.

The year 2008 is a Wu Zi year: Wu is earth and Zi is water. Consequently, symbols of earth and water will be prominent this year, according to Dr Geraldine S. N. Goh in an interview with The New Straits Time.

"Activities will be more centered around water and earth. Water means more lively trading, communications, transport and tourism, which will boost the economy. Earth relates to construction, agriculture, petroleum and palm oil, which will be very prominent.

"There will be prosperity in the first half of the year, with hidden guardian angels to guide. However, there will be more pressure and problems in the second half of the year," she said.

People born in the Year of the Rat are said to be compatible with those born under the ox, dragon and monkey, and are not compatible with those born in a horse year. The western counterpart of the Rat horoscope is Sagittarius.

Famous Rats include :

William Shakespeare, Prince Charles, Al Gore, George Washington, T.S. Eliot, Mozart, Claude Monet, the Queen Mother, Marlon Brando, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Louis Armstrong, Hugh Grant, Alan Alda, Sean Penn, Truman Capote, Irving Berlin, Donna Summer, Olivia Newton-John, Joseph Hayden, Antonio Banderas, Doris Day, Clark Gable, Yves St Laurent, Gene Kelly and Andrew Lloyd Webbber.

The Rat to bring money and success in New Year 2008

The upcoming Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, is going to be a successful and ambitious time according to the Chinese calendar. The Rat is considered to be one of the hardest-working signs in the Chinese zodiac.

There used to be a tradition in ancient Russia to breed cockroaches in homes to emphasize the well-being and hospitality of its dwellers. Oriental nations bred rats for similar purposes. A Chinese proverb on poverty runs that rats can leave only poor homes. That is why the rat as a zodiac sign symbolizes success.

The rat became the symbol of the year owing to its artfulness, an old Buddhist legend says. When Buddha was handing out the years, the cunning Rat left the Ox, the Pig and the Dog behind.

“It reminds the situation with the presidential election that will happen during the Year of the Rat. So, we’ll see which Rat will take the lead and the office,” a famous Russian astrologer Anna Kiryanova said.

In spite of the fact that the rat is an omnivorous animal, the meals for the New Year should include grain crops, nuts and cheese. It is desirable to cook as much as possible. It would also be good to leave some food after the party and not to eat everything at once. “The more food is left, the better the year will be. It is important to stress out the abundance of food at this point,” says the astrologer.

Close people should celebrate the New Year together because the rat hails family ties. However, it is very easy to frighten the rat: it can not stand scandals and loud noise.

As for clothes, rat prefers luxury and precious metals. Astrologers recommend to wear the best clothes on New Year’s night.

The room where people are going to see the Year of the Rat in is supposed to be special. The room interior should be simple, exquisite and sophisticated. Astrologers also recommend to talk about perfectionism, something ideal and wise because the rat is an intellectual animal. Leo Tolstoy, George Bush, Carmen Electra, Eminem, Prince Charles, Scarlett Johansson and other famous people were born in the Year of the Rat.

Translated by Ksenia Sedyakina

Dear All

Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Xin Nein Kuai Le!



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