Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history and is the longest and most important holiday of the year. Based on the first day of the Lunar Calendar, in 2020, Chinese New Year begins on January 25th and ends February 8th. During the New Year festivities, the colour red is omnipresent as it symbolizes luck, happiness and wealth.
2020 marks the Year of the Rat, the first of all twelve zodiac animals. According to a myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which the animals arrived to his party. What happened was: The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride and just as they arrived at the finish line, the Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first. Associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Zi (子) and the midnight hours, the Rat represents the beginning of a new day. In Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of wealth, also they are quick and clever thinkers, representing a successful yet content life.
FREYWILLE is pleased to present a set of three items to celebrate the start of Chinese New Year As an artistic prelude to the start off the festivities, FREYWILLE has designed three Year of the Rat inspired key pieces as tokens of luck for the new year to come.