Chinese New Year of the Rabbit kicks off 3 Feb 2011
This Thursday, 3 February, marks the start of the Year
of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese calendar. The Rabbit ( 兔 )
is the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Despite its winter occurrence, in China it is known as “Spring Festival,” the literal translation of the Chinese name 春节 (Pinyin: Chūn Jié), owing to the difference between Western and traditional Chinese methods for computing the seasons.
Apparently those born in the year of the Rabbit are gracious, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, shy, astute, compassionate, lucky and flexible. They can however be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, stubborn.
Do you know anyone born in the year of the Rabbit?
The New Year festival
begins on the first day of the first month (Chinese: 正月; pinyin: Zhēng Yuè) in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year’s Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, is known as Chú Xī (除夕) or “Eve of the Passing Year.”
The Chinese New Year coincides with the Japanese and Korean New Year as well. So if you meet any of your Chinese, Japanese or Korean friends this week, wish them a Happy New Year! [Ed: In 1873, Japan adopted the Gregorian calendar, moving away from the Lunar calendar (but not the usual New Year traditions).]
Or better still, sign up for a course with Euroasia so you can greet them in their language!