The Year Of The Rat

By
Real Estate Agent with Houlihan Lawrence, Associate Broker

 

 

 

     The month of February brings a new year and reason to celebrate.  It is  Chinese New Year, the Year Of The Rat.  Celebrated all over the world by people of Chinese decent.  The Lunar New Year is steeped in tradition, although the legend of Nian is the most colorful explanation.  Nian was a fierce monster, who came to torment humans every year.  Powerless to stop his yearly attacks until a wise old man came to help by tricking Nian into eating other beasts instead of humans.  Red was the color of decorations used on windows and doors because Nian was afraid of the color red.  Today, red decorations adorn Chinese New Year parties.  The Year of The Earth Rat, is an earth sign of calm, it is always in motion.  There are twelve animal sign that stand for each month of the calendar.  The year of your birth does not just stand for your age.  Under Chinese Astrology system the year of your birth stands a phase of a sixty year cycle of life.  Hopefully, a lucky one.  The Chinese New Year was celebrated in Westchester County read about The year of the rat, A Lunar Year Celebrated In Hartsdale

Comments (6)

Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties
Renee, interesting post. Thanks for the details and the nice link. Calm would be good. 
Feb 10, 2008 11:39 PM
Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros
Yes it is the year of the rat but I just can't stop writing monkey on my checks !
Feb 10, 2008 11:49 PM
Renee Stengel
Houlihan Lawrence, Associate Broker - Katonah, NY
Westchester County
Calm but fruitful would be better.
Feb 10, 2008 11:54 PM
Renee Stengel
Houlihan Lawrence, Associate Broker - Katonah, NY
Westchester County
Hopefully, a lucky sign too.
Feb 10, 2008 11:55 PM
Karen Webster...Grand Rapids, MI Realtor
5 Star Real Estate, Grand Rapids MI - Grand Rapids, MI
My ex-husband was a rat.  Seriously.  The first time I read that, on an Asian restaurant place mat, I laughed so hard I almost fell out of the booth.
Feb 11, 2008 01:02 AM
Renee Stengel
Houlihan Lawrence, Associate Broker - Katonah, NY
Westchester County

Karen,

Guess he was a real RAT.  Hope you are happy now.

Feb 11, 2008 01:41 AM