The Chinese year will start on 25 Jan 2020 and end on 11 Feb 2021, when the Year of the Ox begins.

The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. People born in the Year of the Rat are optimistic and energetic, adaptable and resourceful, have good intuition, a strong imagination and a deep curiosity. 

The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle. Recent years of the Rat are: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays. It is celebrated with family gatherings, celebration, gift-giving, fireworks, the eating of symbolic foods and the display of decorations. Traditionally it is a 15-day holiday focused on bringing good luck for the new year and celebrating the coming of spring.

Here are some lucky foods to ring in the Lunar New Year:

Longevity noodles for longevity and happiness.

Fish for prosperity.

Spring Rolls and Chinese Dumplings for wealth.

Sweet Rice Balls for family togetherness.

Rice Cakes for improvement.