The Year of the Rat is the first of the cycle of 12 animal signs on the Chinese zodiac. It is considered a time of renewal. A “rat year” is one of hard work, activity, renewal. The Year of the Rat is considered a good year to get married, launch a product, begin a new job, or otherwise make a fresh start. People born during the year are considered to be logical realists, charming, shrewd, inventive, and ambitious. They are believed to be gifted in many ways and able to grasp opportunities.