Tomorrow, 25th January, marks the start of the Spring Festival and the beginning of the Year of the Rat.
Celebrations for Chinese New Year began on 17th January with the Little Year and will run until the Lantern Festival on 8th February.
The Year of the Rat is the first animal of the 12-sign new year zodiac, with each one used to determine fortunes for the year, such as marriage compatibility, best time to have a baby, career prospects and a lot more.
Rats are seen as a sign of wealth and surplus, and, because of their reproduction rate, couples tend to pray for them to encourage conception.
Recent years of the rat are: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 and 2008.
Personality traits of people born in a rat year include sensitivity and frugality, and they are most compatible with those born in ox, dragon or monkey years.
Sources of luck for rats include: the colours blue and green; numbers two and three; and, if you want to find love, just face west. Easy.
If you want to find out more about the culture, celebrations and just how superstitious you can be, you'll find lots more here: https://chinesenewyear.net/