Born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Rat people are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hard working.
They are endowed with great wisdom.
There is a folk story that describes how the animals were assigned to the cycle of years. Long time ago, the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals together to assign each of them a year. When the cat heard the news, he let his friend, the Rat know about it and the two animals decided to go together the next day. However, the next day, the Rat did not wake up the cat who being a cat and loving to nap, slept through the morning. Therefore, the cat did not make it to the assembly on time and did not get a year. This is why there is no year of the cat and this is also why cats hate Rats.
The Rat, on the other hand, made it first there and received the first year. He did not achieve this without trickery either. He knew that a small animal like him would not be able to compete with the others, so he begged the ox to let him ride on its head. The ox consented and they went together.
Just when they were about to arrive, the rat jumped off the ox’s head and got through the finish line first. This is why the year of the Rat is the first year in the cycle and the year of the ox is the second.
THIS YEAR, THE VOLUNTEER GROUP HAS PLANS TO CELEBRATE CNY 2008 ON SATURDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2008 (正月初十). WE ENCOURAGE VOLUNTEERS TO WEAR THEIR ‘RED’ IF POSSIBLE AND MEET US AT BRIGHT HILL EVERGREEN HOME BY 2PM.