Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year was celebrated on 25th January this year and 2020 is the Year of the Rat!

The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.

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.

The most recent Rat Years are: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948!   Check out with your family who fits into this category!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Loving God,

We thank you that, in all cultures,

the New Year means a chance for a fresh start and a new beginning. 

We pray especially for our Chinese brothers and sisters as they celebrate Chinese New Year. 

We pray for peace and love across the world and all cultures.

Help bring prosperity, hope and joy throughout this New Year for all who celebrate it.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ.  AMEN.