The Lunar New Year is upon us. On this day, we bid farewell to the year of the brave tiger and welcome the year of the patient rabbit.
The beginning of the Lunar New Year is also called Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival – a time to honor family, deities, and ancestors. In celebration of the New Year, Google announced a new Year of the Rabbit Doodle.
The Doodle features a running rabbit made from traditional paper cutting surrounded by plum blossoms (symbolizing endurance and hope), and a bonsai tree (symbolizing harmony and patience). Google is spelled out using lanterns, signifying a wish for a better future, and ang pao, the red envelope symbolizing a wish for happiness and blessings.
2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit. The Rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese Zodiac and is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity.
Those born in the year of the Water Rabbit are said to be easy-going and agreeable. Chinese Astrology predicts that with the Rabbit’s qualities, the year 2023 will bring peace and success, something that may have been lacking in the year of the Tiger.