Chinese New Year:  2023 Year of the Rabbit

Chinese New Year: 2023 Year of the Rabbit

Sunday January 22, 2023, marks the first day of the Chinese New Year and 2023 is Year of the Rabbit. The Chinese New Year is based on a lunar calendar, so it starts on a different day, every year but usually falls somewhere between the Middle of January and the beginning of February. It is also known as the Spring Festival that lasts sixteen days and will be followed by the Lantern Festival that will start on February 2 and end on February 5th. During this long-extended holiday many families gather to celebrate and pass on prosperity and luck for the new year. Red envelopes with “Lucky Money” are traditionally given to children to pass on good fortune for the year and to elders as a blessing of longevity.

Legend has it that the Jade Emperor summoned the animals of the zodiac to his palace in a “Great Race” and the order they arrived in would be their order in the zodiac. Each year in the Chinese Zodiac is represented by one of 12 animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig and goes through a 12-year cycle. The five elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal also get represented in a 60-year cycle. This year’s element is water. The chart below shows year corresponds with what animal.

As with any other Zodiac, there are certain traits that can be displayed with each animal. A Rabbit’s personality and characteristics are as follows: (Copied from but not affiliated with Chinese New Year)

“To outsiders, the Rabbit’s kindness may make them seem soft and weak. In truth, the Rabbit’s quiet personality hides their confidence and strength. They are steadily moving towards their goal, no matter what negativity the others give them.

With their good reasoning skills and attention to detail, they make great scholars. They are socializers with an attractive aura. However, they find it hard to open up to others and often turn to escapism.

A plain and routine life is not their style. Though conservative and careful in their actions, they need surprises every so often to spice things up.

Men born in the Rabbit year are extraordinarily polite and do whatever they can to avoid conflicts. They have control over themselves and are sometimes conservative. They may seem to be a yes-man, but they have a bottom line that they won’t cross.

These men like organizing and decorating, and often help their wives with chores. But that doesn’t mean they actually like being responsible for the home. Though a great friend, they don’t like becoming too close to someone.

Women born in the Rabbit year love being social. They are thoughtful and treat everyone politely. They are very conscious of their public image and hate violence and arguments.

In love, they are very extreme. There’s a clear difference between who they love and who they don’t. And they rarely pass that line. But if they love someone, they’ll put everything into the relationship. But the deeper they go, the more hurt they can get. These Rabbits are more insecure than other zodiacs and need to be reassured often.”

Most compatible with Rabbit: DogPigGoat

Both Dog and Rabbit wish for a peaceful and quiet life. They’ll work towards this and enjoy it together.

Rabbit and Pig have similar personalities and will be attracted to each other. Goats need someone to depend on. Rabbits enjoy taking care of others and complement Goats well.

Least compatible with Rabbit: RoosterDragonRat

Rabbit and Rooster clash strongly and are the least compatible. Even today’s weather can be the reason for an argument.

Dragons have similar goals and interests with Rabbit. However, their personalities may clash.

Relationships with Rats are tricky. With time, differences will appear and it’ll become impossible to agree with each other.


If you would like to learn more about the Year of the Rabbit or about the other animals in the Chinese horoscope, please feel free to visit, this blogpost’s citation.

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