The Year of the Rabbit: An illustrated guide to Lunar New Year
Grab your favorite red shirt; it’s time to celebrate the Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival. Saying goodbye to the Tiger, we enter the Year of the Rabbit on January 22, 2023. Millions of families worldwide are preparing celebrations for one of the year’s biggest festivals. If you’re a Lunar New Year newbie, here’s a quick guide to the most common traditions and superstitions associated with the occasion.

Festivities often last for 15 days – or even more – with different tasks and activities taking place over that period. A big family reunion dinner is usually held on Lunar New Year’s Eve, which falls on January 21 this year.

The most famous water Rabbit of modern times is Michael Jordan—the greatest basketball player to ever live. Famous Rabbits in general include Albert Einstein (Earth), Angelina Jolee and former spouse Brad Pitt, David Beckham (Wood), and Lionel Messi (Fire).

Notable rabbits include martial arts actor Jet Li, Colombian author and winner of the Nobel literature prize Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and French singer Edith Piaf.

Curiously across diverse cultures, the rabbit has also been closely associated with the moon, with the common reasoning that its markings visible from earth apparently resemble a rabbit or a hare. In several East Asian cultures, the rabbit is said to be seen in the moon with a mortar and pestle. In Chinese folklore, the Jade Rabbit, often portrayed as the Moon Goddess Chang’e’s companion, is said to be pounding the elixir of life. Similar moon rabbit legends exist among some First Nations people in North and Central America too.

Specialists in Chinese astrology are inclined to interpret 2023 as a more peaceful year than 2022, globally and on a personal level, since the Rabbit is traditionally associated with home and family, diplomacy, artistic aspirations, and harmony.


Image courtesy and DW

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