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Chinese New Year 2020: Year of the Rat — Jan 27, 2020

Chinese New Year 2020: Year of the Rat

Happy Chinese New Year! You might think we’ve already rang in the new year, but China runs on a slightly different calendar to ours. Chinese New Year is typically celebrated a few weeks after the Western New Year, with dragon parades, lighting up lanterns and families getting together for some good food and celebration.

Chinese New Year dragon parade

In the Chinese calendar, 2020 is the Year of the Rat. Unlike the Western zodiac, which uses constellations to roughly represent each month, the Chinese calendar uses twelve different animals for each year. The Year of the Rat begins a new 12-year cycle, which ends with the Year of the Pig.

Chinese zodiac

Chinese zodiac table

Each animal is said to have a set of personalities which defines them, not unlike the Western zodiac signs:

  • 🐀 Rat: imaginative, generous, curious
  • 🐂 Ox: confident, honest, patient
  • 🐅 Tiger: sensitive, tolerant, brave
  • 🐇 Rabbit: affectionate, kind, merciful
  • 🐉 Dragon: enthusiastic, lively, intelligent
  • 🐍 Snake: charming, intuitive, romantic
  • 🐎 Horse: diligent, friendly, clever
  • 🐐🐑 Goat/Sheep: artistic, calm, happy
  • 🐒 Monkey: witty, lively, curious
  • 🐓 Rooster: shrewd, honest, punctual
  • 🐕 Dog: loyal, honest, courageous
  • 🐖 Pig: sincere, tolerant, optimistic

What animal in the Chinese zodiac are you? I was born in the Year of the Pig. 🐷

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Welcome to 2020 at Surfing the Sea!

A new decade has arrived – and with it, a new beginning. 366 more days (this year is a leap year!) to make it the best year ever, to forget about the year just gone, and to make new memories.

With that in mind, here’s my resolutions for this year:

Bullet; Red Be more creative and productive
Bullet; Orange Be more open about my emotions
Bullet; Yellow Socialize more
Bullet; Green Walk with my dog more often
Bullet; Blue Start saving money instead of spending it all in one go
Dark blue bullet Be more tidy

Happy New Year, and here’s to the next ten years and beyond!



Happy New Year 2020

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