Year of the rabbit
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in rabbit years are popular, compassionate, and sincere.
According to Chinese traditional legend, rabbits are associated with the Alioth in astronomy. They have a nimble, quick-witted and gentle disposition naturally and are the symbol of good luck. In some coastal areas of Shandong Province in old time, wives usually took a rabbit in their arms when their husbands went to sea to fish, believing that this propitious animal would bring them safeness and good luck. And there is an interesting tradition going that a rabbit’s hair would become absolutely snow-white if it can live for 500 years
And rabbits have been given many characteristics in China, such as longevity, loveliness, vigilance, fertility, timidity and good hearing.
Rabbit personality traits
Gentle, friendly, intelligent, discordant, fickle and furtive
Although generally calm, gentle and loving, Rabbit people can be very ambitious and intuitively know how to get ahead in the world.
They are good listeners, kind and sweet by nature, and are therefore often sought out as popular and trusted friends. Generally noted for their physical beauty, Rabbits like to surround themselves with beautiful things. They have a good eye for art, design and fashion, and are usually at the top of anyone’s Best Dressed list.
Others may call the Rabbit timid, but those born under this sign rightly view themselves as wise and cautious.
Rabbits are rarely known to make a move or jump into any new situation without first carefully considering all their options. No one is more surprised than Rabbits when they win a poker hand or hit the jackpot at the races, although at times good luck just seems to come their way unbidden.
Rabbits are regarded as the peacemakers in any group. They remain calm in any situation, and are very slow to anger.
In close personal relationships they can be very romantic, but their natural cautiousness prevents them from settling down or committing to any one person right away.
At work, they excel by remaining cool and collected, and can be relied upon for extreme tact in delicate business dealings.Read More
If you frequent oriental markets, then you’ve surely noticed the arrival of attractively packaged moon cakes. This year, it is even possible to buy these traditional cakes at Costco. But what are moon cakes and for what occasion do we buy them?
Moon cakes are Chinese pastries that are eaten during the Moon festival (also known as the Mid-Autumn festival). These cakes come in many shapes and are available in a number of different flavours. They are decorated with embossed inscriptions and patterns and some of them come from a specific region of China.
The Moon festival is celebrated on the evening of the fifteenth day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar (which is always a night with a full moon). Throughout the year, this is the day when the moon is at its roundest and brightest. Families make the most of this occasion by reuniting to enjoy the time spent together and the view of the moon. The Moon festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the other being the new Chinese lunar year, or Chinese New Year; it is a legal holiday in many Asian countries.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Moon_Cakes.jpg Read More
I am often asked why Chinese New Year is celebrated on a different date each year. In fact, Chinese New Year (one of the most important holidays for Chinese-speakers) is always celebrated on 1st January, but it is based on the lunar calendar (which is set by lunar phases and formerly based on agricultural cycles). In business, residents of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have followed the Gregorian calendar (52 weeks) since 1949, but the traditional Chinese/lunar calendar still applies for traditional holidays.Read More
According to Chinese astrology, people born in the year of the tiger (1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 and 2010) are sensible, sensitive, emotional and impatient, and they have the taste for risk and for success. But this emotionalism and impatience can provoke jolts, and there are some reserved for us this year which, without caution, could generate large political movements and even conflicts. But like the Yin and Yang, which represent complementary opposites, this will also be a year that favours change and action. Both action and caution are thus the order of the day!Read More
It is a well-known fact that our world is more and more intertwined, and this year, the trend is confirmed through the combination of the “tiger” and “Cupid”. The 14th February 2010 is actually both Chinese New Year’s Day and St. Valentine’s Day!
In China, it is believed that if your baby is born on Chinese New Year’s Day, he will be as strong as a tiger and will bring you prosperity. In Chinese tradition, the tiger is energetic, adventurous, creative, generous and tireless… Promising for lovers! In business as in love, the tiger knows how to take risks, pursue success and avoid boredom! On 14th February 2010, put some tiger in your love life!Read More