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Chinese New Year - 2008 Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year - 2008 Year of the Rat

The Chinese year of the rat begins on 7th Feb 2008.  This would be year 4706 in the Chinese calendar.

As you may know, the Chinese years are divided into a twelve year cycle, 2008 is the year of the rat.

 The Chinese believe that people born in a particular year take on the characteristics of the animal associated with that year.

2008 Rats:

Rats are devoted to their family. Hard-working and imaginative. Yes rats are always smart and go-getting.

Zodiac:

Another dimension of the Chinese zodiac is 5 elements, metal, water, wood, fire and earth.

If the year ends in 0 it is Yang Metal.
If the year ends in 1 it is Yin Metal.
If the year ends in 2 it is Yang Water.
If the year ends in 3 it is Yin Water.
If the year ends in 4 it is Yang Wood.
If the year ends in 5 it is Yin Wood.
If the year ends in 6 it is Yang Fire.
If the year ends in 7 it is Yin Fire.
If the year ends in 8 it is Yang Earth.
If the year ends in 9 it is Yin Earth.

Together with the animals, the elements combine to give a 60 year cycle of Chinese years.  Before 2008, the previous year to give the combination of Rat and Yang Earth was 1948. (子 戊 )

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Chinese Phrases

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Chinese Characters

A simple example of Chinese characters showing how the sun symbol can be modified with a line to mean dawn.

See Chinese Proverbs

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