Happy Rat!

Mouse and Tomato plant by GH

January 25th starts Chinese New Year for the Year of the Metal Rat.  The Spring Festival lasts until 4 February, though celebrations usually continue until the Lantern Festival on 8th February.

The Rat is the first animal of the Chinese Zodiac, having won the Jade Emperor’s race.  There are different versions of this story, including what happened to the cat!

Apparently, the Rat represents diligence, kindness, and generosity, and the Metal Rat Year is going to be a strong, prosperous, and lucky year for most Chinese zodiac signs.