Lunar New Year 2023

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    unday, January 22nd marks the start of the 2023 Lunar New Year. This time-honoured Chinese tradition is tied to their astrology, with each year representing one of twelve zodiac animal spirits. 2023 is known as the “Year of the Rabbit”. In Chinese culture, the Rabbit is widely regarded as a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity – leading many to anticipate 2023 as a year of hope.

    After three challenging years of turmoil worldwide, a year of hope sounds like a welcome relief for us all.

    The New Year celebration is the most important holiday in China, and its popularity resonates around the globe with more than two billion people estimated to celebrate it in one form or another. At its core, it is a time to unburden the distress of the previous year and welcome luck and prosperity for the year ahead.

    Keep reading to learn more about the rich history and philosophy behind the holiday, and to get a sneak peek of what the coming year has in store for you…

    Symbology of the New Year

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    Every Lunar New Year varies based on a number of different factors. Unlike western astrology which cycles all twelve zodiac symbols over the course of a single year, the Chinese zodiac and its modifying elements change annually.

    ANIMAL: There are twelve zodiac spirit animals, each representing unique personality traits. The ruling spirit determines the permeating aura that guides the course of the year. The rabbit is the fourth animal in the cycle and is recognized as quiet, reserved, and introspective. While they don’t typically thrive in competitive or aggressive environments, they are attentive and caring to those around them.

    ELEMENT: In addition to the animal spirit, elemental forces play an important secondary role. The five phases are Fire, Water, Wood, Metal (Gold), and Earth. 2023 is represented by Water – the source of life which is infinitely yielding, yet infinitely powerful. It aligns closely with Rabbit characteristics and is associated with a time of calmness, contemplation, and reflection.

    ENERGY: Yin and Yang is a Chinese philosophical concept that represents opposite but interconnected forces. Yin will be the predominant force for 2023 and is associated with darkness, coldness, passiveness, and femininity.

    COLOURS: The fortifying colours for this year are Azure Blue and Apple Green which correspond to Water (this year’s primary element) and Wood (the Rabbit’s natural element). They symbolize communication and new beginnings respectively.

    Horoscope Predictions for 2023

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    Wondering what 2023 has in store for your zodiac sign? Here is what you can expect according to Marites Allen, an internationally recognized Master in Feng Shui…

    RAT: Blessed with the Future Prosperity star, great fortune is on the horizon for you – plant the seeds for future success!

    OX: Professionally you can expect continued success, but beware of potential losses or injury… Also, do your best to avoid your naturally stubborn nature.

    TIGER: Your fate this year will be heavily tied to your karma, so focus on doing good deeds for those around you.

    RABBIT: As this year’s ruling animal, its nature will be amplified. The rabbit is known as a harbinger of tranquillity, so enjoy the peace, but beware of losing your motivation.

    DRAGON: You will need to work extra hard to maintain harmony this year by avoiding hostile energies.

    SNAKE: This may be a challenging year rife with heartache and quarrelling – fire element energy will help to protect you.

    HORSE: Wealth and good fortune abound. The harder you push yourself, the richer the reward!

    GOAT (SHEEP): This year will bring you new beginnings and superior blessings. Don’t be afraid to explore new frontiers!

    MONKEY: After the struggles of last year, 2023 will bring you a welcome wave of relief.

    ROOSTER: Prepare yourself for a chaotic year filled with highs and lows. Travelling is always the best option during a conflict year such as this.

    DOG: You are at risk for illness this year, so spend a little extra effort on self-care and stay safe.

    PIG (BOAR): There may be some challenges in store for you this year, but you will be fine with the support of your friends and allies.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is the difference between Lunar New Year and New Year?

    • While the Gregorian calendar considers January 1st as the fixed start of every new year, the Lunar calendar varies. The Lunar New Year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21st – as such, the dates can range between January 21 and February 20.

    Is Lunar and Chinese New Year the same?

    • While the festival originated there, “Chinese New Year” is not celebrated exclusively in China. Over time, the term “Lunar New Year” has become more frequently used in other countries for celebrations that take place concurrently, many of which share the same traditions as China.

    When did Chinese New Year begin?

    • It is estimated that Chinese New Year dates back to the Shang Dynasty in the 14th century B.C.

    What are the top lucky foods for the Chinese New Year?

    • Start the New Year off right with an assortment of dumplings, spring rolls, sweet rice balls, noodles, fish, steamed chicken, and nian gao (also known as “Year Cake”). However, it is best to avoid white foods as they are considered unlucky.

    What should you avoid doing on Lunar New Year?

    • Out of respect for the birthday of the “Water God” you should avoid bathing and washing clothing. Sweeping and taking out the trash are similarly linked with the loss of fortune and should be delayed as well.

    What years are considered the Year of the Rabbit?

    • People born in the following years are classified as Rabbits: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, and 2023. The next occurrence in the cycle will happen in 2035.

    Who are some famous Year of the Rabbit celebrities?

    • The quiet, reserved, and introspective nature of the Rabbit is generally at odds with what most people associate with celebrities. Nonetheless, here are some of the more famous Rabbits in recent history: Albert Einstein, Angeline Jolie, Bob Hope, David Beckham, Drew Barrymore, Frank Sinatra, Garry Kasparov, Johnny Depp, Mark Hamill, Michael Jordan, and Mike Myers.

    Final Thoughts

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    While traditionally the celebration of Lunar New Year doesn’t involve resolutions, it is often seen as a time of rebirth and a chance to reflect on future goals. In the spirit of new hope and embracing the changes and challenges of the year ahead, how do you plan to make the most of it?

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