Happy Chinese New Year!
The Lunar New Year begins this year on January 22, and it’s the Year of the Rabbit. Let’s explore the Chinese Zodiac!
The Rabbit is the fourth animal in the 12-year parade that is the Chinese Zodiac.
Each animal symbol has its own representation. The Year of the Rabbit highlights longevity, peace, and prosperity.
We see the rabbit in all kinds of stories and tales. Rabbits are considered a lucky animal, so this year could bring you all kinds of good luck! And unlike the story of the tortoise and the hare, in China, the rabbit is viewed as a symbol of patience.
There is another story from China of the rabbit and the moon.
Long ago the Jade Emperor disguised himself as an elderly beggar to find himself a trusted helper. The rabbit proved itself very worthy and was taken to the moon. After it and the emperor created an elixir of life together, the Jade Emperor revealed himself to the rabbit. On certain nights, you can see the Jade Rabbit mixing up more elixir in his mortar and pestle, right there on the moon!
How The Animals Relate To The People Born In Those Years
In Chinese culture, each of the animals of the zodiac has certain characteristics and personalities. These are often used to describe people born in the year represented by that animal.
People born during the Year of the Rabbit are said to be vigilant, quick-minded, and ingenious. Some former Rabbit years were 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, and 1939. Do you know anyone born in these years? Do they fit the Chinese Zodiac description?
Not only does the Chinese Zodiac have 12 animal representatives, each animal cycles through 5 elements, making the entire zodiac cover 60 years!
The elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. As the animals and elements cycle through the years, each year has a specific description.
This year (2023) represents the Water Rabbit, and in the Chinese culture, it means receptivity, intuition, and a path to inner tranquility.
Now that you’ve learned more about the Chinese Zodiac and the Year of the Rabbit, go here to enjoy exploring the Lunar New Year festivities held around the world at this time.
And check out the delicious recipes from our eat2explore China box so you can create your own New Year party feast!