After a chaotic tiger year. The world is all set to welcome the tender rabbit year in the lunar or Chinese calendar. According to experts and numerologists, this year will change the face of the world positively.
2023 is the year of the Water Rabbit, starting on January 22nd, 2023 (Chinese New Year). And ending on February 9th, 2024 (Chinese New Year’s Eve). 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. Additionally, the years are further classified as one of two sides of the yin-yang symbol. This year is considered yin, and, compared to its light, more active counterpart, emphasizes the importance of rest.
As in Western astrology, there are 12 signs within the Chinese zodiac. Each is represented by a different animal: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig, and each ruling a different set of years. The Chinese zodiac is known as sheng xiao, which translates to “born resembling,”. Based on the belief that people inherit the traits of the animal whose sign they fall under. People born in a year of the Rabbit are called “Rabbits”. They are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded, and ingenious.
Insights of this year
On a physiological and spiritual level, the rabbit is a radical departure from last year’s tiger. The striped big cat is kind of a jock, focused on exerting vitality and making gains at all costs. Lots of ‘me’ yang energy that encourages growth but not necessarily serenity or satisfaction. By contrast, the rabbit is considered the most tender animal in the zodiac (stew meat reference not intended). The energy of the bunny is yin, receptive rather than assertive, weed not speed if you will.
Legend holds that the rabbit was the familiar of the moon goddess Chang’e. The creature and the year it governs are imbued with a noble knowing and a certain serenity. The soft approach of the regal rabbit encourages us to move through the world with quiet confidence, lowkey cunning, and knowledge. That kindness is not a weakness but rather a benevolent strategy.
Traditions and feasting
The first few days of the Lunar New Year. Especially the first two days, are often a test of one’s stamina, appetite and social skills. As many people have to travel and visit immediate family, other relatives and friends.
Bags are stocked with presents and fruits for each of the elders’ and friends’ homes visited. Who will shower the visitor with gifts and snacks in return after exchanging conversations over Lunar New Year treats.
Married people also have to give out red packets to those who haven’t yet tied the knot – both children and unmarried juniors. It’s believed these red envelopes could protect children from evil spirits called xie sui. The packets are known as yasui qian/Ngaat seoi cin and intended to ward off those spirits.