CHICAGO (CBS) — A crowd packed into the Chinese American Museum on Sunday to mark the Year of the Rat.
The festive event at the museum, at 238 W. 23rd St. in Chinatown, featured the traditional lion dance. The dance is said to bring good luck and fortune.READ MORE: Closing Arguments Begin In Jussie Smollett's Trial For Allegedly Staging Phony Hate Crime; 'We Have Proven This By Overwhelming Evidence'
Families also enjoyed Chinese music and food, and cultural arts and crafts.
The website ChineseNewYear.net notes that the rat is the first of all the zodiac animals.READ MORE: Justin Fields To Return As Bears' Starting QB On Sunday Against Packers
One myth claims the Jade Emperor decided the order of the animals would be determined by the order in which they arrived at his party. The rat first tricked the ox into giving him a ride and then jumped down so he could be the first to arrive, the website said.
Rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus in Chinese culture, the website said.MORE NEWS: 71-Year-Old Man Shot Multiple Times, Killed While Heading To Store To Buy Newspaper In Chinatown
The years 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008 were also years of the rat.