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Year of the Black Water Rabbit

Yesterday was the first day of Chinese New Year. You may have heard firecrackers going off to scare away evil spirits and signal the start of a safe and prosperous new year.

It’s an important holiday in China as well as other countries around the world with significant Chinese populations – Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and more.

Also known as the Spring Festival it is typically celebrated in January or February, depending on the lunar calendar. The coming Chinese New Year starts on today, the 22nd January 2023 and ends on 9th February 2024.

The Rabbit is one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, used to determine a person’s fortune for the year based on the year of their birth.

Why A Black Water Rabbit?

As the Yin Water element is associated with the colour black, people refer to this as the “Year of the Black Water Rabbit.”   The Yin Water element represents sensitivity, intuition, and, in its most positive form, the way of inner peace.

Some facts about Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit:

  • The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, with each year represented by a different animal. The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the element of metal and is thought to be a time of stability and calm. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are believed to be intelligent, gentle, and kind.
  • The Chinese New Year celebration typically lasts for 15 days, with the first day being the most important. It is a time for families to come together and celebrate with food, fireworks, and traditional customs such as giving red envelopes filled with money to children.
  • During Chinese New Year, people often decorate their homes with red lanterns and paper cuttings, as red is considered a lucky colour in Chinese culture. It is also common to eat special foods such as fish, dumplings, and spring rolls, which are thought to bring good luck for the new year.
  • Each year in the Chinese zodiac is believed to have its own set of lucky and unlucky symbols, and the Year of the Rabbit is no exception. Some lucky symbols for the Year of the Rabbit include the numbers 3 and 4, the colours red, pink, and purple, and the flowers cherry blossom and chrysanthemum. Unlucky symbols include the numbers 5 and 9, the colour yellow, and the animal rooster.

Open the Chinese Astrology site below, scroll down until you see the Zodiac animals. Click on your animal to read a wealth of information about your year ahead. There’s no cost to this.

If you’re not sure of your animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, look for your birth year in the chart and once found look to see the corresponding animal on the left hand side.

So 1974 for example would be a Tiger year. 

Graeme Dinnen (Year of the Rabbit)

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