Happy Chinese New Year! 2008 is the Year of the Rat. If you are interested in the Chinese Zodiac, some attributes of the Rat are: Rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking. Rat people are endowed with great leadership skills and are the most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic of the twelve signs. The Chinese New Year is sometimes called the Lunar New Year. If you collect stamps, see the stamp issued this year by the United States Postal Service.