With the Chinese New Year fast approaching, odds are you’ve heard about the upcoming Year of the Rabbit—but do you know what it really means?
According to the Chinese zodiac, each Lunar New Year marks the transition period from one sign to another. When it happens, we shift from one animal to the other. Thus it infuses the following months with its particular energy, shaping the lives of those born within.
This January 22 marks the end of the Year of the Tiger and the start of the Year of the Rabbit, following the order that repeats in a 12-year cycle.
How Often Does The Year Of The Rabbit Come Along?
The Chinese zodiac has twelve signs; therefore, they rotate every 12 years. Of course, this means that after 2023 it will take twelve more trips around the sun for the next Year of the Rabbit to come along.
If you are born in the Year of the Rabbit, that is considered your Chinese Zodiac sign. The previous Years of the Rabbit were 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, and 1927.
What Is The Sign of the Rabbit?
According to the Chinese legend, the Jade Emperor established the order of the Zodiac signs by the results of a ‘Great Race’ the animals had to take to reach him. The gentle yet crafty rabbit arrived in 4th place, lagging behind by the strong course of a river that it overcame by clinging to a log!
This tale sets the tone for the people born in the year of the Rabbit—sweet and gentle folks who are witty and ingenious. And as a new Year of the Rabbit approaches, you can expect that influence throughout the days.
What To Expect From the Year of the Rabbit
Unlike the fierce and dynamic 2022—year of the ferocious tiger—the Year of the Rabbit offers rest, calm, and relaxation. It will be a year for contemplation and adapting to fast changes, like the clever rabbit always does.
When it comes to relationships, 2023 will be a successful year. Rabbits are social and affectionate animals, so you can expect good news in that department! For example, single people will have a chance to meet their other half, while those in a relationship will strengthen their bonds.
Not everything is romance, though. Networking and friendship-building will thrive under the amicable Rabbit, so it’d be a good idea to try and build more connections throughout 2023—you may get lucky!
Year of the Water Rabbit—The Five Elements
Although 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, it isn’t only defined by the hopping fuzzball—it is, specifically, the year of the Water Rabbit.
In Chinese philosophy, the concept of the five elements is everywhere. It explains that everything in the universe—including creation and destruction—results from the interaction between five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal/gold, and water.
The Water Rabbit is much like the course of a river—they “go with the flow,” thus stand out as particularly soft, thoughtful, and contemplative. Thus, the Year of the Water Rabbit stands out as a year to adapt to changing circumstances!
Famous Celebrities Born Under the Year of the Rabbit
Some celebrities born under the Rabbit sign are Albert Einstein, Lionel Messi, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Enrique Iglesias and George Michael.
The last Year of the Water Rabbit was 1963. Some celebrities born that year include Michael Jordan, Quentin Tarantino, Whitney Houston, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt!
But of course, not everything is celebrities, is it? The Year of the Rabbit is to celebrate fuzzy creatures, and plenty of them are in the media!
Some of the most well-known rabbits include Bugs Bunny, Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit, Roger Rabbit, Bambi’s Thumper, the Energizer Rabbit, and the Easter Bunny.
With all its hops and downs, the Year of the Rabbit seems to be a beacon of hope and calm after the storm.
Which fictional rabbit embodies your expectations for the New Chinese Year?