This is the Year of the Rat, according to Chinese zodiac, with the main element being metal, which makes this leap year in the Gregorian calendar the Year of the Metal Rat—with the Chinese year lasting until Feb. 11, 2021. The Rat is a representation of diligence, kindness and generosity. Only yesterday, many trooped to arguably one of the oldest Chinatowns in the country—some even say the world—where there was a countdown, as in other Chinatowns in Cebu, Davao, Baguio, San Fernando in La Union and Laoag in Ilocos Norte and other urban centers. In Manila's Binondo district by the Pasig River, a countdown and a street party happened at the Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz, with performers and celebrity guests as colorful as the 30-minute long fireworks display. Today, a Grand Float Parade is scheduled to take place down the streets of crowded Binondo and Sta. Cruz, with free admission to all the events. We note that in Chinese astrology the year of the Metal Rat—also celebrated in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008—is predicted to be a lucky year.