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Happy Chinese New Year 2008 – Year of the Rat

Posted by Kyle Design on February 7, 2008

Year of the Rat Retractable Holder for KeysHappy Chinese New Year to all. February 7, 2008 marks the start of the Lunar New Year celebration. Bye-bye, piggy! Welcome, Year of the Rat!

Chinese New Year begins on the first day of a new moon in the first month of the Chinese calendar. The new year ends 15 days later with the Lantern Festival, around the time of a full moon.Year of the Rat Refrigerator Magnet in Purple and Gold

This holiday is known as Lunar New Year outside of China. It is a very important day throughout East Asia in countries that have had extensive interaction with Chinese over the centuries, whether geographically, such as in Vietnam or Korea, or because they have large ethnic Chinese populations as they do in countries such as the Philippines, Thailand or Indonesia.

Year of the Rat or Mouse Holiday OrnamentThe Chinese zodiac calendar works on a twelve year cycle with each year being represented by an animal. Last year was the Year of the Pig, this is Year is the Rat and next year will be Year of the Ox.

The Year of the Rat falls in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032, 2044, 2056, etc. These don’t exactly line up with the Gregorian calendar, so for example, if you were born before the Chinese New Year (sometime between January 21 and February 20, depending on the moon) in any of those years, you are still considered to be born in the year of the Pig.

For more fun Year of the Rat gift ideas, please visit Unique Mouse and Rat Gifts.

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One Response to “Happy Chinese New Year 2008 – Year of the Rat”

  1. zensho357 said

    I love the Rat items. I am a Rat as well. I have been seeing more and more of these in storefronts and around the service counters in the small family stores. This year the New Year was kind of beaten up with the bad weather near Guangzhou. I hope all made it home safely and had a good holiday despite the travel problems.
    Check out Asian Home Décor at Zensho Products

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