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Everything you need to know about this year’s Chinese Zodiac Sign – Rabbit

If you live in Singapore, Hong Kong, or China, you must have seen images of Rabbits on various merchandise in different stores. And that is because this Lunar New Year, commonly known as Chinese New Year, begins on 22nd Jan 2023 and brings in the Year of the Rabbit. The holiday represents new beginnings and renewal of good health, happiness, and fortune. Every new year is represented by one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal is attributed with qualities and symbols that hold meaning for what’s to come in the new year.

This Pacific Prime Singapore article will explain what the Year of the Rabbit has in store.

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What is the Year of the Rabbit?

Previously celebrated in 1999 and 2011, the Year of the Rabbit occurs every 12 years, like the other zodiac signs in the Chinese calendar. That being said, Here’s what the Year of the Rabbit symbolizes:

  • Longevity
  • Positivity
  • Auspiciousness
  • Wittiness
  • Cautiousness
  • Cleverness
  • Deftness
  • Self-protection

If you were born in the Year of the Rabbit (2011, 1999, 1987, and so on), some believe that 2023 could bring you challenges and misfortune. But you have the potential to turn these challenges into opportunities. In addition, popular folklore suggests wearing lucky red clothes (ideally gifted by others), including red underwear and socks, and carrying lucky talismans.

The various traits of a rabbit

The animal associated with your year represents certain characteristic traits. According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the Year of the Rabbit are gentle in spirit, good-humored, and expressive, including when it comes to their clothing and lifestyle choices. And some of their strengths include elegance, attention to detail, and more. However, when it comes to weaknesses, people born this year tend to be overly sensitive, insecure, and cautious in their decision-making.

Why is the rabbit fourth in the Chinese Zodiac?

There are various theories and stories behind the origin of Chinese zodiac signs. The most widely known version centers on the legendary Jade Emperor, also considered the Ruler of Heaven. To summarize the story, on the Emperor’s birthday, he called together all the animals of the land to race, and 12 showed up. Their order in finishing the race would help determine the passage of time. The rabbit finished fourth; hence, the rabbit is celebrated as the fourth animal sign.

What of the five elements attached to the Year of the Rabbit?

Typically, each zodiac year is associated with one of the five elements – water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. In 2023, the Year of the Rabbit is attached to water. This also represents a soft, thoughtful, and friendly attitude.

What should you gift someone in the Year of the Rabbit?

While the most popular tradition during the Lunar New Year is to gift red envelopes of money, giving rabbit-shaped jade jewelry is popular this year. In addition, gifting tea, fruits, sweets, new clothes, and home supplies is also considered a Chinese New Year custom.

Prioritize your health this Chinese New Year

The new year brings in new hope. If you still need to renew your health insurance or are looking to secure a new one, make sure to get a comprehensive plan that comes to your rescue in time of need. One way to ensure you get the best plan is to work with an insurance brokerage like Pacific Prime Singapore.

With over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry and a robust global presence, Pacific Prime has helped thousands of families and individuals secure health insurance plans that meet their requirements and budgets.

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Lakshmi’s natural vocation is to quip and sally with words. She has been a copywriter for over five years. She is currently a content creator at Pacific Prime and is looking to enliven and simplify the seemingly complex world of insurance for you.