RTI Radio Taiwan InternationalRTI Radio Taiwan International“Rat” Year Special

  • 22 January, 2020
Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes
Jade Bells and Bamboo Pipes

This year, officially on January 25th, 2020 (first day of the first month according to the lunar calendar) marks the Year of the Rat and the year of the Rat includes those born in the year 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.The twelve animal signs in order, are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.2020 is the year of the Rat and is the first of all the 12 animal horoscope signs.

You will still be able to hear the sound of firecrackers in Taiwan in the wee hours of the first day of the lunar new year even though even some types have been banned. On new year’s day, you pay a visit to your family and relatives to wish them happy new year by saying, Gong Xi Fa Cai in Mandarin, Gong Hay Fat Choy in Cantonese, and in Taiwanese or Hokkien language, Giong Hi Huat Zai and in Hakka, Giung Hi Fat Choi. The greeting in all these Chinese languages means the same “congratulations and may you be blessed with a fortune” which of course, it literally means “Happy New Year” .So you may start to practice now and the most widely used greeting is in Mandarin Chinese, that is Gong Xi Fa Cai or Gong Xi Gong Xi (congratulations) or simply Xin Nian Kuai Le meaning Happy New Year.