The Lunar New Year is an annual celebration by Chinese people from all over the world. It is one of the most important celebrations with over a billion people celebrating with fireworks, parades and the exchanging of red envelopes (ang pau) filled with money.
The Lunar New Year lasts for two weeks: from January 22 to February 5, the date of the rising of the full ‘Snow Moon’.
Each year follows the animal sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the Moon and 12 animals, followed by the 5 elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water. In 2023, it is the year of the Wood Rabbit.
The sign of the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity in Chinese culture. 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope. The rabbit is the 4th of all zodiac animals. Rabbits are earnest with everything they do – and expect others treat them the same way. In Chinese culture, the rabbit represents the moon.
People born in the year of the rabbit are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded and ingenious. Furthermore, they are misconstrued to be weak because of their kindness but they are actually very confident and strong. They steadily move towards their goal no matter what negativity comes. They like adventure and don’t settle for stability.
According to Chinese luck, the Rabbit horoscope is prophesied to be on the lesser lucky than usual – with misfortune in their Zodiac Year of Birth more than in other years, so people born in the year of the Rabbit are advised to be more wary and cautious of their luck in the coming year.
Regardless, the coming Lunar New Year is bound to be an auspicious occasion – one that will be decorated with beautiful ornaments, wealth and luck.