According to the 12-year cycle of the Chinese calendar, today marks the end of the Year of the Tiger and the beginning of Year of the Rabbit.
How do you know if you are a rabbit? If your birthyear is 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987 or 1999, consider yourself a hare.
According to Chinese mythology, the rabbit ”stands for affectionate, gentle, serene and family oriented beings. Rabbits are slightly introverted and hate being the centre of attractions. Rather they prefer being behind-the-scenes. They take pleasure in trivial good things of life. Fundamentally, peace-makers, rabbits have lots of friends and are extremely humble and modest” (123chinesenewyear.com)
It’s also (not my favorite) a time of major house cleaning, a symbolic sweeping away of the grudges, ills, and evils of the previous year to make way for the health, prosperity, and happiness of the coming year.
To celebrate today, you have all sorts of options. If you are still harboring 2010 bad chi, think of today as a chance to begin anew.
Whether you commence with an early spring cleaning, send a card, or light a lantern, may your year be filled with health, prosperity, and happiness. Happy Chinese New Year!