2023 is the ‘Year of the Rabbit’

Find out what being born in the 'Year of the Rabbit' means according to the Chinese ...

On the Chinese calendar, 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit.

According to the website China Highlights, ‘The rabbit is the fourth animal sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle and people born in a year of the Rabbit are called “Rabbits” and are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded and ingenious’.

It states further that, “In Chinese five element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. For example, a Water Rabbit comes once in a 60-year cycle”.

It also names five types of rabbit, each with different characteristics:

• Wood Rabbits (born in 1915 and 1975) – clever, quick-witted, selfish, lively in appearance, but shrewd at heart
• Fire Rabbits (born in 1927 and 1987) – broad-minded, smart and flexible with unique views
• Earth Rabbits (born in 1939 and 1999) – frank, straightforward, ambitious, hard-working, but slightly reserved
• Gold Rabbits (born in 1951 and 2011) – kind-hearted, conservative, lively and enthusiastic
• Water Rabbits (born in 1963 and 2023) – gentle, amicable, able to adjust readily to different conditions, but with a weak mindset and principles

Famous Rabbit Year people include Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan, David Beckham and Lionel Messi.

So-called lucky rabbit colours are red, pink, purple and blue, while ‘lucky numbers’ are 3, 4, 6, and numbers containing them (like 34 and 46).

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