Vietnamese Year of the Rat

Legend has it

How did rat, the smallest animal among all make it to the 1st position?

When the Jade Emperor summoned the Great Race the clever rat and the cat not being the best swimmers decided to make a pact to ride on the back of the water buffalo. Things got ugly as the water buffalo approached the finish line. The rat at this point knew he could beat the water buffalo but not the cat to the finish line, so he pushed the cat into the raging river. Once the cat was in the water the rat rode the water buffalo until they neared the finish line where the rat hopped off and crossed insuring his place at the top of the zodiac list.

Personality Traits


  • Intelligent
  • Charming
  • Creative
  • Generous
  • Survivalist
  • Meticulous


  • Manipulative
  • Vindicative
  • Self-Destructive
  • Envious
  • Critical
  • Ruthless
  • Scheming

You Know You’re a rat sign if:

  • Use your charm and wit to hide your private life.
  • People have told you that you are intelligent and your curious and analytical.
  • A natural in social situations. However, you prefer to socialize with close friends and family members instead of a room full of strangers.
  • Love to teach and sharing your knowledge with others.

Compatibility with other signs

Most compatible:

  • Dragon
  • Monkey
  • Ox


  • Rat
  • Snake
  • Pig
  • Dog
  • Tiger

Least compatible:

  • Horse
  • Cat

Here are some famous people born into the year of the rat:

George Washington, Amadeus Mozart, Louis Armstrong, William Shakespeare, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Haruki Murakami

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