Happy New Lunar Year, or Happy Chinese New Year to everyone celebrating this day! 🙂  2023 begins the year of the rabbit following on from the year of the tiger last year.  There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and each year is associated with a different animal.  If you were born in the Year of the Rabbit then you were born twelve, twenty-four, etc years ago.  Below are some fun facts about the Year of the Rabbit (or Year of the Cat) as well as rabbits in general.  I hope you enjoy these fun facts and whatever you are doing today and for the next few days that this holiday is celebrated, I hope you all have a lovely and relaxing time. 🙂  Happy New Year 🐇!

Year of the Rabbit 🐇 Facts

  • The rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac.
  • According to legend the rabbit was a bit proud and arrogant of its speed.  He was the neighbour of Ox and always made fun of how slow Ox was.  When the Jade Emperor said that the order of the animals in the zodiac would be determined by who showed up to his party first, Rabbit set off right away.  However, so confident he was in his speed that he decided he had time and took a nap.  In the meantime, Rat, Ox and Tiger passed him by before he woke up, yes, even Ox that he had always looked down on had come before him.
  • 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit.  Each year has a different element associated with it, and element of the year 2023 is water so it is the year of the Water Rabbit,
  • In Vietman this year is known as the Year of the Cat rather than the rabbit.

Rabbit🐇 Fun Facts

  • A baby rabbit is called a kit, a female rabbit is  called a doe and a male rabbit is a buck.
  • Rabbits teeth never stop growing, instead they wear down naturally from the foods they constantly chew.
  • Like cats, happy rabbits can make a purring sound. Aw!
  • Rabbits can jump up to 90 centimetres in one leap!
  • Rabbits can perferm a move called a ‘binky’ when they are happy.  They athletically leap into the air twist and kick when they are happy.

-New Year information from https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/rabbit/ and https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/year-of-the-cat/
Rabbit information from https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/animals/general-animals/10-hopping-fun-rabbit-facts/

Are you celebrating Chinese/Lunar New Year?  Do you know anyone born in the Year of the Rabbit?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂