It’s the Year of the Rabbit – all you need to know about Lunar New Year 2023

It’s the Year of the Rabbit – all you need to know about Lunar New Year 2023

It’s the Year of the Rabbit – all you need to know about Lunar New Year 2023

It’s time to celebrate! The lunar new year (also known as the Chinese New Year) starts on January 22, 2023 and lasts until February 9, 2024. Since the Chinese zodiac works on a 12-year cycle, “your” animal appears every dozen or so years.

2023 is the year of the Rabbit, the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac. The past years of the Rabbit are 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939 and 1927. So if your year of birth is one of these, you are a Rabbit!

Where is Chinese New Year celebrated?

In China, the Lunar New Year is a big deal. It is a national public holiday celebrated for seven days. Lunar New Year is celebrated in other regions and countries, including Malaysia, Vietnam, Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore and the Philippines. In addition, it is marked by Chinese communities in almost every other country in the world.

Enjoy traditional festivities along the coasts

Many cities in the US and Canada go all out when it comes to Chinese New Year. The most significant celebrations in the United States are definitely those in New York and San Francisco. In Canada, Vancouver hosts an unusual Lunar New Year celebration.

New York

On Sunday, February 12, the first day of the holiday, New York City’s Chinatown – one of the largest Chinatowns in the country – celebrates according to ancient Chinese traditions. The streets are filled with spectators and participants in a kaleidoscope of colors. On this day, you can expect many events, including martial artists, dancers, and a dragon parade at 1:00 PM. But wait, there are many other festivities and activities taking place over the course of a few days. See them here.

San Francisco

San Francisco hosts one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the world, which lasts almost 2 weeks after the first day of the festival. This year, the giant parade on February 4 at 5:15 p.m. features folk dancers, swimmers, stilt walkers, marching bands, and a 268-foot golden dragon. Then in the evening there is a wonderful fireworks display.

Vancouver, BC

The 48th Lunar New Year/Spring Festival will be held in Vancouver’s Chinatown on Sunday, January 22, 2023. There are many events in the city including the 11:00 am Parade

What traditional foods are eaten?

Many traditional dinners will have a communal hotpot, which will encourage families. Most will include seafood and specialty meats. Other traditional dishes include noodle soups, dumplings, and spring rolls tangyuan (sweet rice balls).

Forecasts abound and are promising

Moving on from the year of the Tiger 2022, we can expect a different kind of year in 2023. No more roaring tiger – we will enjoy a more balanced year: from fast and furious to relaxed, quiet and contemplative.

As in the basic concept of yin and yang, opposing forces will complement each other and lead to harmony. Nevertheless, there could be more movement and travel, which sounds exactly like a rabbit.

Above all, the Year of the Rabbit is expected to be filled with peace, prosperity and longevity.

Why are rabbits lucky?

In Asian culture, the Rabbit symbolizes good luck. This phenomenon originates from the zodiac tale of the Great Race in which the 12 animals of the zodiac had to race across a wide river. The agile Rabbit jumped from stone to stone. The log swam right by as it seemed to lose the race. He grabbed a log and was thrown ashore. Now that’s one happy bunny!

Famous rabbits you will meet

There is no shortage of famous people who are Rabbits (based on birth year): music icons Dusty Springfield, Whitney Houston, Sting, Tina Turner and Marvin Gaye; actors John Cleese, Quentin Tarantino, Robin Williams, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Roger Moore and Jet Li; and Olympic figure skating champion Nathan Chen.

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