Now that the Year of the
Rabbit has been ushered in at the close of the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), what does this mean for you?  If you took part in the festivities that occurred in nearly every corner of the Chinese speaking world, including many neighborhoods in the United States, you no doubt partook in great feasts of food, enjoyed traditional dancing and costuming, and watched fireworks, firecrackers and floating lanterns decorate the darkened night sky. But for the remainder of the Chinese calendar year, there are other implications as a result of the Rabbit.
If you are born in the Year of the Rabbit (which also includes 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987 and 1999) you are inherently gifted with sophistication and sensitivity. Virtuousness, good taste and a somewhat reserved nature are also traits of “rabbit people” who also have an uncanny knack for luck in nearly all areas of their life. Those born under the Year of the Rabbit are conservative, level-headed and rarely loose their tempers.
For society as a whole, tradition dictates that the year will be driven by good taste and refinement with an emphasis on peace. Persuasion and meetings of the minds will be preferred above brute force in situations of conflict, be the differences domestic or international. This era of congeniality and diplomacy will really be something worth celebrating!
If you’d like to keep celebrating the Year of the Rabbit, long after the close of the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival events) ending on February 17, 2011, there are many fireworks which can keep the proverbial party rolling along. Traditional firecrackers in small bricks or large celebration rolls are always a hit. Lanterns that shoot up into the sky and gently float back down to the ground after a paper balloon opens up are other popular (and quite pretty) fireworks.  If you or a relative was born in one of the years of the Rabbit, celebrate momentously by setting off big, huge aerial fireworks into the night.