Tip of the Hat to the Year of the Rat
Oh RATS! — and we mean that in the most celebratory way possible because this Chinese New Year is the Year of the Rat. Every year, Las Vegas honors the Chinese New Year in spectacular fashion with lush, ornate displays and colorful, exciting performances. So take a photographic journey through the city’s tip of the hat to the rodent that symbolizes the new Chinese New Year. Oh, and here’s a few quick Rat facts:
- The rat is the first of all zodiac animals in the Chinese Zodiac.
- As rat are known for reproducing large numbers of offspring, they are symbolic of fertility.
- People whose births occurred during the Year of the Rat include those who were born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 —and 2020.
- Here are the benefits of the Year of the Rat, as posted on the website Chinesenewyear.net: “The Rat is also associated with the earthly branch and the midnight hours. In terms of yin and yang, the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day. In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children. Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.”
So … Happy New Year!