Chinese New Year Animals: Say Hello to the RabbitMeredith Carroll
February is proving to be an exciting month, and we’re only three days into it. Between Groundhog’s Day, Candelmas and, of course, National Signing Day, there’s been no shortage of reasons to celebrate. And the party continues today (and for the next 15 days, until the end of the full moon) with the Chinese New Year, which is the most significant holiday on the Chinese calendar.
According to the Chinese New Year, this is the Year of the Rabbit (or Hare), a 1-in-12 year occurrence. The Rabbit is the symbol of affection, family ties, care and peace. Were you born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 or 2011, the Chinese Zodiac says you are necessarily articulate, talented and ambitious. You are considered to be virtuous, reserved and have exceptional taste. And it is believed that Rabbit people are admired, trusted and often financially lucky, although apparently you’re also prone to gossip (in a tactful way, of course).
The Year of the Rabbit is believed to be such a good one, in fact, that Singapore’s prime minister is hoping its citizens will follow the fertile animal’s example and reproduce. In a message yesterday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the city’s fertility rate fell to an all-time low of 1.16 percent last year and urged couples to have more babies. Singapore citizens are apparently facing a population shortfall due to the rising cost of living, which is leading more couples to have fewer or no children.
Rabbit people are known to be composed, successful in business and very conscientious. They would be good gamblers because they are conservative and wise, but it’s precisely for that reason that they wouldn’t gamble. Good mates for the Rabbit are the Sheep, Pig and Dog.
The New Year celebration in China is marked by masks, the color red, which is a cultural symbol reflecting their belief in God, good over evil, animal spirits and a dragon dance. Masks are made in accordance with these traditions. The Year of the Rabbit is supposedly a calm one, and it’s also celebrated around the world with museums creating rabbit-themed displays, and postage stamps adorned with bunnies.
How will you celebrate The Year of the Rabbit?