February 7, 2008 - Welcome to the Year of the Rat!!!
Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year - and the first day of the Year of the Rat! According to the Chinese Lunar Zodiac, those born in the Year of the Rat have magnetic personalities, are well liked and clever. People born in the Year of the Rat (1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008) are said to be protectors and to have characteristics that are charming, generous, industrious, and honest. People believe that the rat symbolizes a year of good luck, happiness, wealth and intelligence.
The Legend of the 12 lunar-zodiac animals is a fascinating one. Legend has it that the Jade Emperor selected the 12 animals. He conducted a race of all the animals, and named years in the order that they finished. During the race across the countryside, the rat hitched a ride on the back of the slow but persistent ox. When the ox was a few feet from the finish line, the rat jumped off and raced ahead to claim the victory and the right to represent the first lunar-zodiac year. The rat also fooled the cat into believing that the race was to be held a day later, so the cat missed the race entirely. As a consequence of this trickery, the cat still chases the rat.
Panda America is proud to offer many different coins commemorating the Year of the Rat. We feature Year of the Rat coins from both Australia and China in both gold and silver and in a variety of different designs. And…if you were born in a year other than the rat, we also feature lunar coins from all 12 years in the lunar calendar - rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Call 1-800-472-6327 or visit our website at www.PandaAmerica.com to get your lunar coins now!