Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Happy Chinese Year of the Rabbit

The Year of the Metal Rabbit

The Lunar New Year always falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. We begin the Year of the White Metal Rabbit on February 3, 2011 and it ends on January 22, 2012.

"According to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. This is a year for negotiation. Forcing issues will cause failure. Go with the flow. To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy. Time to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise."

How do you say Happy New Year in Chinese? Greet everyone you meet with "Gung Hay Fat Choy" which means "Wishing You Prosperity and Wealth".

Red for Good Fortune

During the Chinese New Year the color red is important. People wear red clothes, write poems on red paper, and give children "good fortune money" in red envelopes.

The symbolism behind the red color is fire, and fire burns off bad luck. Fireworks are set off to scare the evil spirits away from the new year.

Wishing you a very prosperous and happy year of the Rabbit from Planet Calimari

Or.. year of the Wabbit! Enjoy the Bugs Bunny Clip

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