YEAR OF THE RABBIT
On the Eve of Chinese New Year (Feb. 3rd), supper is a feast with families. The given highlight of every holiday; the food will include such items as pigs, ducks, chicken and numerous sweets. The family will typically end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is a great way to reconcile; forgetting all grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.
The Zodiac follows a twelve year cycle, each of the years being named after an animal. The Chinese believe that people born in a particular year take on the characteristics of the animal associated with that year. Check out your year!
Rabbits: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Rabbit personality traits:
Although generally calm, gentle and loving, Rabbit people can be very ambitious and intuitively know how to get ahead in the world.
They are good listeners, kind and sweet by nature, and are therefore often sought out as popular and trusted friends. Generally noted for their physical beauty, Rabbits like to surround themselves with beautiful things. They have a good eye for art, design and fashion, and are usually at the top of anyone's Best Dressed list. Others may call the Rabbit timid, but those born under this sign rightly view themselves as wise and cautious.
Rabbits are rarely known to make a move or jump into any new situation without first carefully considering all their options. No one is more surprised than Rabbits when they win a poker hand or hit the jackpot at the races, although at times good luck just seems to come their way unbidden. Rabbits are regarded as the peacemakers in any group. They remain calm in any situation, and are very slow to anger.
[2008 Photography by Deniz Yegen]