The year of the rat is the first animal in the Chinese year rotation that occurs every 12 years. The Chinese Lunar new year begins between January and February when the first new moon appears and continues for two weeks until the next full moon appears. The other Chinese Lunar new year animals are the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and the pig. Terry Tan has an amazing cookbook that has a theme for the year of the rat. The book is helpful towards helping people learn more about Chinese dishes and the essence of the food.
- The Chinese New Year in 2020 began January 25th, and lasted until February 8th.
- Chinese calendar years involve 12 rotating zodiac animals as the “animal of the year”.
- Terry Tan has a Chinese cookbook with many great recipes to celebrate the Year of the Rat.
“The Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival, dates fluctuate and are based on the arrival of the new moon which appears somewhere between the end of January and early February.”