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24 January 2020

Lunar New Year — Year of the Rat

Serbia: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat, 24 January 2020. Images from Pošta Srbije.

The lunar calendar is based on cycles of lunar phases, although most of the lunar calendars are actually lunisolar calendars. This means that the calendar months correspond to lunar cycles; however, intercalary months are occasionally added to harmonize these cycles with the solar year. Among these calendars are Chinese, Hebrew and Hindu calendars, as well as most calendar systems used in ancient times. Lunar calendars differ according to which day the month begins. In the Chinese calendar, the first day is astronomically determined by the conjunction of the Sun and the Moon in the Chinese time zone.

Chinese Zodiac belongs to the oldest known astrological systems. It consists of 12 signs, each of which rules over one lunar year. These zodiac signs bear the names of animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig). In addition to the basic signs, elements are also quite important in Chinese horoscope: wood, metal, water, fire and earth. Chinese astrology is based on the know-ledge of ancient astronomers and the traditional Chinese calendar. It is also associated with ancient teachings about three harmonies – heaven, earth and water, Wu Xing teachings, Yin and Yang, five planets, 10 celestial streams and 12 earth branches, etc.

According to the lunar horoscope, 2020 is the year of the Rat and it begins on Saturday, January 25th. Persons born under this zodiac sign are intelligent, energetic, and they can adapt to any situation, solving each problem with ease. The inherent confidence, charm, hard work, discipline and passionate dedication give people born in this sign a great chance to have a successful career and even get rich.

According to the lunar horoscope, 2020 will be a year of new beginnings. The Year of the Rat will be strong and prosperous for all signs of the lunar horoscope, so determination should be shown in achieving the goals, because the Year of the Rat is excellent, both for new beginnings and for development and advancement in general.

Artistic realization: MA Boban Savić, academic painter.

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