If you are of Chinese descent, have Chinese friends, or just enjoy those cheap and cheerful trips to China Town, then you should be aware that this year is the year of the rabbit.
According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, those born in : 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987 and 1999 belong to the bunny crowd.
These people are meant to be articulate, talented, reserved, kind, virtuous with impeccable taste. They are most compatible with those born in the year of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog.
Having survived the ferocious year of the Tiger (global economic ression, natural disasters, oil spills) we could all use a basket of comfort and bliss that our dear bunny is meant to bring.
This is a good year for making plans and business decisions. It calls for being vigorous, alert, decisive and bold and taking initiative. With these qualities you can take calculated risks in exploring new directions. You will have to stand up against challenges to assert yourself. On the other hand, if the afore mentioned qualities are not your style, you will have to show yourself to be trustworthy, upright, law abiding, responsible, disciplined and forthright in order to meet the demands of the time. Either way, you may be sure that you may receive assistance when it is needed. Be willing and prepared to give assistance to others as well. The year signs encourage people to help one another. The year signs also favor using divination and astrology to help you find the way forward. This also means that in your home you should have an area that is peaceful and quiet where you can reflect and work out your plans. Too many distractions will weaken you this year, so be careful not too overindulge.
Apparently, during Chinese New Year custom says that you:
shouldnt buy books. (since the word "book"is a synonym for 'lose.')
you should pay off all your debts so you dont ring in the new year poor.
Steer clear of neutral colours (black, white) and wear red - colour of prosperity.
Dont get a haircut because all your 'luck' will get chopped off (?!)
And my personal favourite, eat sweets ! So you have a sweet year!
Bring on the Chocolate.
Rabbits? Animal New Years? Sounds like a load of supersticious bogus?
Whichever way you look at it, you gotta admit it gives us an excuse to (over)-eat dim-sum, and collect
Angpaos or Hongbaos, meaning red packets containing money. However, only children and unmarried adults are entitled to them.Hmm, thats gotta be saying something there..
God, I think I've eaten enough roast pork belly slices to last me till the year of the dragon.
GUNG HEI FAT CHOI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)