Xin Nian Kuai Le!

February 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Chinese New Year - February 3, 2011 - Year of the Rabbit

Happy New Year! Click here to learn how to pronounce and write the greeting in Chinese.

1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 – all Rabbit years. Many Chinese believe that the year of a person’s birth is the primary factor in determining that person’s personality, physical and mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout his or her lifetime.

I have a couple paper place mats with the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals illustrated around them. One claims the Rabbit to be the luckiest sign and another says the Tiger is the luckiest. Maybe it depends on which animal wrote the copy for the particular place mat because personally, I happen to feel very lucky and I was born in the year of the Dragon–eccentric with a complex life…which is true.

Here are some guidelines to get you started on figuring out your sign. Keep adding or subtracting 12 to the year you were born.  1948 = Rat; 1949 = Ox; 1950 = Tiger; 1951 = Rabbit; 1952 = Dragon; 1953 = Snake; 1954 = Horse; 1955 = Sheep; 1956 = Monkey; 1957 = Rooster; 1958 = Dog; 1959 = Boar.  Go to Beth Johnston‘s site, a tea expert, to learn more about your animal characteristics in her generous article on the subject.

Have a great year!

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