This Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, begins on Sunday, January 22.

The holiday, which originated in several east Asian countries, is rich in culture and tradition and revolves around the wish for good fortune and prosperity.

Though the date changes each year due to the lunar cycle, it always falls between January 20 and February 21 on the Gregorian calendar.

Based on ancient Chinese mythology, each year has a corresponding animal from the Chinese zodiac; last year was the Year of the Tiger, and 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit.

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What the year of the rabbit means for you? 

The 12-year cycle of the Chinese calendar is based on twelve different animals: the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, and the pig.

The Year of the Rabbit is 2023 according to the Gregorian calendar. The Chinese zodiac’s fourth animal, the rabbit, represents elegance, beauty, mercy, and good fortune. Due to the fabled Jade Rabbit who resides on the moon, rabbits are also connected to that celestial body.

According to Dottie Li, a cross-cultural communications consultant, rabbits represent calmness and relaxation, thus 2023 should be peaceful. Because to the traits of the rabbit, we can anticipate calmness, fluidity, silence, and introspection.

As well as being tranquil, those born in the Year of the Rabbit are supposed to shy away from conflict, criticism, and change.

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Rabbits are thought to be extremely brilliant and tenacious, according to the Chinese Language Institute, but they are also prone to jealously and pessimism.

Famous personalities including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jordan, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Albert Einstein were all born in the Year of the Rabbit.

The Heavenly Stems and Branches system, which corresponds with one of the five elements, forms the basis of the Chinese zodiacs (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth).

The Year of the Water Rabbit occurs in 2023, as it did in 1963. According to Chinese New Year, the Water Rabbit has the ability to turn unfortunate events around, despite their upbringing.

Other recent years include the Wood Rabbit in 1975, the Fire Rabbit in 1927 and 1987, the Earth Rabbit in 1939 and 1999, and the Metal Rabbit in 1951 and 2011.

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According to, 2023 is all about “letting go” for people who were born in the Year of the Rabbit. De-cluttering your life, ending harmful relationships, or finding new employment are a few examples.

According to the horoscope website, Rabbits have “additional luck and opportunity in the water Rabbit year,” so as they let go of the past, it’s also a good time to explore new things.