Let's welcome the Chinese New Year ringing in the Year of The Rabbit on February 3, 2011. Ah, just when you least expect it, another New Year arrives. Some celebrate the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashonah which occurs in the fall (the dates shift because it is a lunar calendar). Then almost all of us celebrate the January 1 (or is it the night of December 31...?) New Year. And then in the winter (again the date changes each year because of the lunar calendar) we can celebrate the Chinese New Year. If you ever want to know when the exact dates and the signs of the Chinese New Year occur, here is a great site to track the changing New Years dates every year.
This year the 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. Rabbits are considered to be very lucky but they make their luck by working hard. They are warm, friendly, intelligent and charming, refined and diplomatic. They like to look good and are attractive and sharp dressers. The Year of the Rabbit is marked by positive energy and an eye to calmness and control. Rabbits are not comfortable in unstable situations and are not keen on change but they are hard working and can overcome any bump in the road.
Last year I had a countdown to the Chinese New Year with posts on each of the signs. You can read them all here. There are 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac and just like the 12 signs of the Western zodiac, they correspond to different attributes. Chinese zodiac sings change every year at the new year so if you don't know what sign you are, check in the book: Chinese Astrology: Exploring the Eastern Zodiac.