What does it mean
depends on your year of birth, the year of the Rat means different things to different people.
When does it start
based on lunar calendar, it starts on 5 February 2019 and ends 4 February 2020.
What must you do
if you were born in the year of the rat, such as 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1998, 2008. You should wear something red close to your body for the whole year. The easiest way to do this is to wear red underwear or a red bracelet.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Chinese New Year celebration lasts for 15 days, starting from the New Year Eve banquet and ends with the Lantern Festival.
New Year starts from getting rid of the old. Before all the fun starts, everybody would work together to clean the house thoroughly.
New Year means new everything: from toothbrushes to socks, from toothpaste to shoes. The thing to do is to start the New Year with new things literally.
New Year is about eating and drinking: depends on different regions, abundance of different food and drinks are consumed, non-stop. Dishes of auspicious association are chosen to bring luck to the New Year. Togetherness and wholeness are emphasised, such as a whole fish and whole duck. Sitting at a round table laden with food and drinks, everyone shares, laughs, jokes, ganbeis.
New Year is time to worship the ancestors: the first thing each household does in the New Year is to light incense and bow at the ancestor’s tablets. Then the junior members of the family must bow at the senior members. Do not feel sorry for the junior ones as they receive a red envelope filled with cash in return!