The Year of the Rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit

photo of a toy rabbit. photo of a toy rabbit

The festive season is not over yet, with Chinese New Year's Eve falling on January 21 this year. Chinese zodiac signs operate in twelve year cycles, and this year is the year of the Rabbit.

Recent Rabbit years are 1951, 63, 75, 87, 99, and 2011 and 2023. Bearing in mind the Chinese New Year’s date, being lunar, ranges from late January to mid February, if your birthday is around then, you may be a Rabbit or a Tiger. But Rabbits, 2023 is your year!

Rabbits are vigilant, witty, quick-minded and ingenious. Each zodiac sign is also governed by the five elements of nature: wood, fire, earth, gold (or metal) and water. This year's Rabbit is governed by water. Water people are gentle, amicable and able to adjust readily to different conditions. (these are all the good traits, let’s stay positive!)

Rabbits share their sign with: Billie Holiday, Albert Einstein, David Beckham, Maria Sharapova, George Orwell, Frank Sinatra, Sidney Poitier, Marvin Gaye, Edith Piaf and Sting.

Famous Water Rabbits include Whitney Houston, Brad Pitt, Michael Jordan and Jet Li.

Lucky things for Rabbits

Lucky colours are pink, red, purple and blue

Lucky flowers are the plantain lily and jasmine

Lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 6

A time of celebration

Chinese New Year is a time of celebrating, colour, and sharing food.

Red patterned napkins on gold patterned table mats

Colours associated with Chinese New Year are Red, symbolizing happiness, hope and good luck; Gold, representing prosperity and good fortune, and Green, for health, fertility and harmony

If you’d like to say Happy New Year in Chinese Mandarin, it’s xīnnián kuàilè (sheen-neean kwai-luh) new year happiness

Or in Cantonese, it's gong hei fat choy (wishing you happiness and prosperity)

Happy New Year!


This is by no means a scholarly article. The writer sourced her information from these websites:

China Highlights | Top China Travel | Pure Wow | What is my sign

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