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Happy Chinese New Year 2011! Your Baby's Chinese Zodiac Sign Will Be…Rabbit

year of the rabbit chinese zodiac chinese new year 2011Today is Chinese New Year! This means there will be amazing celebrations in Chinese communities around the world. (And that if you decide to go get Dim Sum you may have to wait a really long time. I learned this last year.)  It also means that as of today, this is the Year of The Rabbit.

The Chinese Zodiac has always fascinated me. If the idea of dividing the population into personality traits by birth month seemed a little random, the idea that everyone born in a certain YEAR might have the same traits seemed even weirder. I mean, when you were growing up, did you feel like you shared personality traits with everyone in the same class? But as an adult, I can see how this categorization works with the whole generational model. People born at the same time have similar experiences and frames of reference….Maybe there really is more connection between people born in the same year than there is between people born in the same month?

Each Chinese Zodiac sign comes around every 12 years. So if you’re 24 or 36 right now, you may be a Rabbit yourself.

Here’s what babies born in the Year of the Rabbit are supposed to be like:

The Rabbit symbolizes such character traits as creativity, compassion, and sensitivity. Rabbits are friendly, outgoing and prefer the company of others. They also prefer to avoid conflict. In confrontational situations, Rabbits approach calmly and with consideration for the other party. Rabbits believe strongly in friends and family and lacking such bonds can lead to emotional issues.

Their serene nature keeps Rabbits from becoming visibly upset. Because they’re serene animals, Rabbits are easily taken advantage of. Their sensitive nature makes them shy away from aggressive or competitive situations. They’re overall conservative and not interested in taking risks.

Classy, sophisticated, expressive, well-mannered and stylish, those born under the Sign of the Rabbit enjoy leaning about cultural issues and learning about people from other countries. Rabbits are most comfortable being home, and their homes are always neat and organized. Home is also where Rabbits prefer to entertain. Rabbits are conservative in their decorating tastes.

Rabbits should work at building more self-confidence and self-worth so they can feel more secure. The desire for remaining in safe, comfortable environments keeps Rabbits from taking risks which sometimes causes them to miss out on good opportunities.

The above is from ChineseZodiac.com, where you can read up on the Rabbit psyche in more detail (I wasn’t sure you needed to hear about your baby’s predicted sexual personality here).

One more fun fact: The color associated with Rabbits is green or aqua…not a bad base for a nursery!

photo: Gadl/flickr

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