My skin has just made a terrific comeback from a drug reaction I suffered in December, I could not stop myself from taking pictures all day long.

So, I began exploring Snapchat to see what new avatar filters were available, I began testing the filters one after the other when I saw this; ‘Gold Rat‘ Filter, I decided to try it, thinking it was just one of the regular Snapchat avatars, I took a snap and this came up!

This came up; “Happy Lunar New Year of the Rat“. I thought to myself; “is someone playing a trick on me?”

A rat had died at the Wehla M Stores, the stench was unbearable! Even though I had recruited three people to search out the Rat, none had been successful! So, you can just imagine what was going through my mind!

So, I did this with the image;

And decided to mind my business.


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Then, I went on to Twitter to upload my beautiful picture and discovered these hashtags were trending; #lunarnewyear2020 #chinesenewyear #lunarnewyearoftherat #lunarnewyear_jungkook So, as @google always comes to the rescue, I browsed

Credit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2020/01/24/year-of-the-gold-rat-how-chinese-new-year-is-explained-by-the-moon-and-jupiter/#617775ed637c

Saturday marks the beginning of the Year of the Gold Rat. Why is that special? Why is Chinese New Year not celebrated on January 1, but on a different date every year?

And what’s it all got to do with the Moon and the giant planet Jupiter?

What determines the date of Chinese New Year?

The Moon. Like Easter in Christianity, Chinese New Year is a lunar festival. It begins with the New Moon, so it starts on January 25, 2020 and ends on February 11, 2021 on the date of that New Moon. The festival itself is two weeks long, beginning today and ending with a lantern festival on the date of the next full moon–February 9, 2020.

What’s so special about the Year of the Rat?

It’s actually a “Gold Rat” or “Metal Rat” year. Those born in the year of the rat are said to be quick-witted, resourceful, versatile and kind by Chinese astrologers, but also driven to create order. That’s not got any facts behind it whatsoever.

What are the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac coming up next?

  • Rat – 2020
  • Ox – 2021
  • Tiger – 2022
  • Rabbit/Cat – 2023
  • Dragon – 2024
  • Snake – 2025
  • Horse – 2026
  • Goat – 2027
  • Monkey – 2028
  • Rooster – 2029
  • Dog – 2030
  • Pig – 2031

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