Just a note – this story is tongue in cheek and not be taken literally. We’re sure you’ll have a brilliant year, even if some astrologers have gone completely rogue…
Especially if you were born under the Year of the Rat.
According to Chinese tradition, every lunar year corresponds with an animal of the zodiac and every 12 years when the animal year you were born in rolls around again, you get blessed with a cosmic dumping of bad luck. But just remember: it’s not you, it’s the universe.
Poh gives us her predictions for the Chinese New Year. Post continues below.
This means if you were born in 1960, 1972, 1996 or 2008, we suggest you just take the year off. Hibernate. Go on a year-long sabbatical. Leave the country and assume a new identity. You get the gist. You have from tomorrow January 25 (Chinese New Year’s Day) to February 11, 2021, to wait out the bad luck.
Previously speaking to Mamamia, Doctor Xiaohuan Zhao (Huan) – an expert in Chinese literature from the University of Sydney – explained the folklore, adding that your ‘birth year’ or your ‘Ben Ming Nian’ makes you ‘more susceptible to certain misfortunes’.
“Traffic accidents could be one of them,” he said
“It could also be quite easy for you to fall ill, particularly in the area of your bowels, appendix and stomach – these are the physical problems.
“If you’re in love, then it is said that you need to be cautious because it’s likely for the relationship to fall apart. Financially too, the year could make you suffer the loss of money. If you run a business, then it’s said that your business could go bankrupt.”
If you’re born in the Year of the Rat, here are some other cosmic inconveniences you can expect this year. Our apologies in advance.