"I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse."
—Walt Disney, Disneyland; October 27, 1954
You may be well familiar with this sentence. Just like the Mickey Mouse that is not only the leader of the Disney gang, but also an icon of American culture that has been around for four generations. Chinese zodiac rat is also a steadfast symbol that represents unique Chinese culture. Mickey Mouse has been beloved by generations of fans, and has seen his share of American tragedies and triumphs. I should say that the rat in Chinese culture has a longer history and also still have some negative sayings related to it. The symbolic meaning of rats in Chinese culture has changed over time. There is an old Chinese saying that when rats run on streets everyone shouts "kill them". So as you can see rats are real troubles to Chinese in the past and they had to be eradicated. If you want to give the gift in China, you should better not give gift related to rats, but Mickey Mouse is exception. But now things change. People relate rats to swiftness, productivity and even keep them as pets like guinea pig.
Rat: 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., named zi shi (time period of zi). This is the time rats actively seek food. For those who was born in the year of 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and so forth, their year of birth is a rat year and their lucky direction is the north direction on the compass.
The sign of the Rat is the first sign in the cycle giving Rat people exude great leadership qualities and are good at taking the lead. In terms of partners and lovers, Rats are beautiful people with magnetic personalities. The Rat himself can't help but notice the admiration he receives from others. Rat people are romantic, and are always happier to have someone to share with. They don't mind a lot of responsibility and they demonstrate a strong presence that other people respect. For those with the Rat nature, status and monetary satisfaction are the greatest motivation. Being born under this sign determines many talents, as well as other characteristics that may not be so commendable. Rats are very lively and need a lot of mental and physical stimulation. They can be calm and perceptive, but sometimes their brains can cause a mental restlessness, tempting them to take on too much, only to discover they are unable to meet their commitments. Rats are blessed with one of the best intellects going. Add to their intelligence a curiosity and a bright imagination, and they seem as sharp as a needle.