In the Chinese calendar, 2010 was the year of the Tiger. If you’re feeling a little tuckered out after these past 12 months, that’s natural. It was quite a torrid affair—full of tumultuous mood swings, lots of hard work and over-the-top passionate adventures.
Yeah, we know. Phew.
We survived the drama, and even enjoyed it to a certain extent, but it’s time to move on to a calmer year and animal. Enter 2011. Come February 3, it’s the year of the Rabbit. Need a little schooling on what that means? Let’s take a look. The Chinese Lunar Calendar, which resets each year in late January to mid-February, is one of the most ancient in the world. According to legend, the Chinese emperor some 4,000 years ago held a race to figure out the order of animals for his new calendar. Only 12 showed up, so there are 12 years. The rat came in first by hitching a ride on the ox’s nose and jumping over the finish line at the last possible moment (crafty!). The rabbit was fourth, so we are currently in year number four in the cycle. Read more…
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