Gong Xi Fa Cai – Happy Lunar New Year – Happy Chinese New Year 2020 – Year of the Rat

By January 25, 2020No Comments
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“Happiness and prosperity,” is a common phrase when wishing someone a Happy Lunar New Year. In Chinese, you would say, 恭喜發財 or Gōngxǐ fācái (pronunciation). 2020 is Year of the Rat.


Chinese Word 鼠 (Shǔ)
Earthly Branch of Birth Year 子 Zi
Five Elements (Wǔ Xing) 五行 Water
Yin Yang (Energy) Yang
Lunar Month Eleventh
Lucky Numbers 2, 3
Unlucky Numbers 5, 9 (avoid these)
Lucky Flowers Lily, African Violet, Lily of the Valley
Lucky Colors Blue, Golden, Green
Unlucky Colors Yellow, Brown (avoid these)
Season Winter
Gemstone Diamond, Amethyst, Emerald
Years 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032 …

Additional Reading & Resources

– Wu Xing: five-element theory of Chinese philosophy (visit)
– Travel China Guide – Year of the Rat (visit)
– Your Chinese Astrology – Rat (visit)
– Year of the Rat from Wikipedia, Chinese Zodiac (visit)
– Other Happy Lunar New Years on our Blog:

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