The year 2020 is the year of the mouse. It ranks number one out of the twelve animal signs.
Why does the Mouse rank No.1 out of the 12 animals?
老鼠是所有十二生肖中的第一个。根据神话，玉皇大帝说，十二生肖排名的顺序，将由动物们的渡河比赛，抵达终点的顺序来决定。老鼠哄骗了牛，得以在牛背上搭便车渡河。然而，一抵达终点时，老鼠率先跳下牛背，在牛之前抵达终点，成为排名第一。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.
● 鼠年吉祥话/shǔ nián jí xiáng huà
Blessing words in the year of the mouse
(1) “鼠”来宝（数来宝）/shǔ lái bǎo
Meaning：A type of artistic performing, referring to rhythmic
story-telling to clapper accompaniment by using finger clappers.
吉祥意/jí xiá yì：老“鼠”招“来”“宝”物/lǎo “shǔ” zhāo “lái” “bǎo” wùLucky Meaning：When the mouse comes, the valuables and fortune come as well.
(2) “鼠”一“鼠”二（数一数二）/shǔ yī shǔ èr
原意：出类拔萃/chū lèi bá cuìLucky Meaning：Extremely good or impressive performance
(3) 财源广进、“鼠”不胜“鼠”（数不胜数）/cái yuán guǎng jìn、shǔ bù shēng shǔ
原意：钱财滚滚而来，数量多到数不完。Lucky Meaning：Money rolling in and having no time to count the number
(4) 神仙眷“鼠”（神仙眷属）/shén xiān juàn shǔ
原意：比喻婚姻美满、感情和睦的夫妇。Lucky Meaning：Life between the married couple full of happiness and harmony like heavenly immortals
(5) 如“鼠”家珍（如数家珍）/rú shǔ jiā zhēn
原意：比喻对事物的熟悉与清楚，好像计数自家所珍藏的宝物一般。Lucky Meaning：Able to understand things completely and thoroughly, like counting what we have owned
(6) 有情人终成眷“鼠”（有情人终成眷属）/yǒu qíng rén zhōng chéng juàn shǔ
原意：有感情的恋人，终于得以结合，成为夫妻。Lucky Meaning：All shall be well, Jack shall have Jill. (Lovers get married eventually.)
(7) “鼠”（数）不尽的钞票、快乐、收获/shǔ bù jìn de chāo piào、kuài lè、shōu huò
原意：用不完的钱、时时开心、收获满满Lucky Meaning：Having countless money, plenty of happiness, and plentiful harvest.
shǔ, also called “lǎo shǔ”(“Old” Mouse literally). There are types of mice, such as：jiā shǔ (Black Rat), chǒng wù shǔ (Pet Mouse), cāng shǔ (Hamster), tiān zhú shǔ (Guinea Pig), tǔ bō shǔ (Groundhog), huáng shǔ láng (Weasel).
事实上，上述的众多鼠种，只有黄鼠狼不是鼠类。In fact, the above mentioned, only huáng shǔ láng (Weasel) does not belong to the same kind.
● 俗谚说，“黄鼠狼给鸡拜年”，寓意：没安好心！huáng shǔ láng gěi jī bài nián：méi ān hǎo xīn
An old Chinese saying, “when the fox preaches, look to the geese.”
● 生肖属“鼠”的性格Personality and Characteristics when born in the year of the mouse
乐观、充满活力！老鼠年出生的人——受众人爱戴。容易察觉他人的情绪，但也固执己见。友善，但因为缺乏沟通能力，常给人不礼貌和粗鲁的感觉。Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Rat year are likable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with your opinion. Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude.
财务上，属鼠的人喜欢储蓄，可能有些小气。但是，喜欢囤积物品的倾向，有时会浪费钱在不需要的东西上。On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.
（1） 肖鼠男士/Male Rat
属鼠的男士们很聪明，都能迅速适应新环境。具备创造力并善用机会。但是，有时又缺乏勇气。虽然有很好的主意，但是可能较不适合担任领导职务。Men born in the Rat year are clever and adapt quickly to new environments. They are creative great at taking advantage of opportunities. However,
they sometimes lack the courage to do so. Although they have great
ideas, they might not be suitable for leadership positions.
（2） 肖鼠女士/Female Rat
属鼠的女士们可谓传统女性。做事井然有序，并以家庭为重。妥善照顾家里的一切，丈夫无须额外操心。除了家庭以外，也具备责任感与处事能力。Women born in the Rat year are the traditional women. They love keeping things organized and place great value on the family. Everything is taken care of by them and there is no need for their husband to worry. Outside of home, they’re also someone with a sense of responsibility and ability.◇