Happy new year rat

February 7, 2008 4:56:59 AM PST
It's now the Year of the Rat. And no, we're not talking about the presidential campaign. The Asian Lunar New Year is being celebrated today in New York's Chinatown. The Empire State Building is also to be lighted in red and yellow in honor of the holiday. You might think the Year of the Rat is a bad omen. But the rat is first of the dozen animals in the Chinese zodiac's 12-year cycle. It symbolizes beginnings, and the rat is seen in the East as witty, charming and able to amass great wealth.